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Skaters raise money for injured firefighter

February 15, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Sunday was an afternoon of sit-spins and Hamel camels as would-be Nancy Kerrigans and Scott Hamiltons took to the ice to try their skill and raise money for a good cause at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex.

Fellow firefighters and friends of Scott Douglas Mullendore, 23, of 103 N. Main St., Boonsboro, came to the rink to support the Boonsboro Volunteer Fire Department Captain who was paralyzed in a car accident on Jan. 10.

Mullendore was rounding a turn near Marker Road when his 1988 Chevrolet Blazer hit a guard rail and a telephone pole and overturned down an embankment around 3:30 a.m., according to Washington County Sheriff's deputies.

A total of $223 was raised, rink management said.

Patrons skated at the rink from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and $1 of their $4 entry fee was devoted to Mullendore's medical bills, said Carl Lingford, rink general manager.

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Friends of Mullendore - Tina Grimm of Sharpsburg Emergency Medical Services and Tina Bowers of Community Rescue Service - brought several family members to skate Sunday.

"We're here to support him and let him know we care a lot about him," said Grimm.

Mullendore was recently transferred to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center to a rehabilitation center in Baltimore.

"He's doing really well. He's in good spirits," said Bowers, who spoke with him recently.

She said he may be able to come home by the middle of March.

Mullendore is well-liked in the community, and many people sympathize with his family, Smithsburg Fire Chief Ronald Jeeter said.

"It's a big adjustment when something like that happens," he said.

Sharpsburg firefighter Jay Morgan has known Mullendore for 14 years.

He said he was pleased to see how many people came out to show they care about Mullendore.

"We want him to get back on track - the sooner the better," he said.

Mullendore's uncle, Rich Brown, said his family appreciates the effort the public is making on his nephew's behalf.

He said his nephew is doing well in rehabilitation.

"He has his good days and his bad days," he said.

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