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Benefit tourney set for this Sunday

A benefit basketball tournament to help with bills incurred by Farmington Police Officer Kyle Short during his battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma will be held this Sunday.

The tournament will take place starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Farmington Community Civic Center. There are still openings for four teams, with a maximum of 10 players per team, at a cost of $60 per team. Additionally, there will be a three point shooting contest for individuals starting at noon.

Patrolman Mike McCarthy, Farmington Police, is heading up the tournament. He says the proceeds will go directly to the Short family to help with expenses they are incurring for routine trips for treatment and appointments.

Short was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma late last year. He had been working at the police department for only about six months when he became ill. Currently the effects of treatments and medication are forcing him to take on more office duties. He hopes to return to street patrol duty soon.

McCarthy and about 20 other Farmington Police personnel shaved their heads in early January to show support for Short. The new officer had shaved his head after his hair started falling out as a result of chemotherapy treatments.

Team plaques for first, second and third place will be given away at the end of the tournament Sunday.

Anyone wanting more information about the tournament can contact the police department at 756-6686.

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