Community rallying around Farmington first responder who is fighting cancer
By JOHN QUINN
Union Leader Correspondent |
June 03. 2013 6:55PM
FARMINGTON — The community is coming together to help support a local firefighter who is battling lung cancer. The Farmington Players are scheduled to perform a benefit show Friday and firefighters are planning to host a pancake breakfast later this month for Lt. Scott Norton.
All proceeds will be donated to Norton, who’s been diagnosed with stage-four cancer, and his family. Firefighters are also collecting donations at the fire station, according to Fire Lt. Mike Davenport.
The local theater troupe, the Farmington Town Players, are putting on “Love Letters” by A.R. Gurney as a benefit for Norton, who’s been serving as an emergency responder for decades. It is scheduled to begin June 7 at 7 p.m. in the Farmington Town Hall/Opera House at 531 Main St. – Route 153.
The play tells the tale of lifelong friends – portrayed by Police Chief Kevin Willey and Debra Van Gelder play – through the letters they read during the production.
Fire Lt. Mike Davenport said the Farmington Players were inspired to help and organized the play on their own.
“The community is really coming together,” Davenport said, adding area residents can help Norton in a variety of ways.
Davenport said firefighters decided to hold a pancake breakfast, which is scheduled for June 29 at the fire station. He added all proceeds will help Norton.
“We’re starting at 8 (a.m.) and we’re shaving some heads,” Davenport said, adding some hairstylists donated their time to help trim volunteer’s hair — which doesn’t have to be removed completely.
Davenport said many firefighters are planning to have their heads shaved in solidarity for Norton, who lost his hair due to chemotherapy treatments.
“Scott was always known for his long hair,” Norton said.
Davenport said Norton seems to be feeling better. While he can no longer responds to emergencies, he added Norton tries to visit the fire station on the weekends because the sense of community brings him strength.
For more information, contact EMS Capt. Diane Carrier or Fire Lt. Mike Davenport at the Farmington Fire Station at 755-2131.