These four men will lead the first ever Harrison Police & Fire Canoeing for a Cure July 23-26. They are (left to right) Harrison Fire Cheif Rob Hurson, firefighter Robbie Hurson, Harrison Police Officer Bill Staggs, and Police Capt. Jack Tremain.
(Harrison, Oh.) – Making a 75 mile river trip in a kayak is a daunting feat, but so is the battle against cancer.
Four Harrison policemen and firefighters will be taking on both challenges when they participate in the maiden voyage of the Harrison Police & Fire Canoeing for a Cure. Police Captain Jack Tremain says he will be among the group paddling the Whitewater River from Cambridge City, Indiana to the Ohio River before ending in Lawrenceburg over four days, July 23-26.
“I just got this wild idea,” said Tremain, adding that the effort has already raised $3,000 for the American Cancer Society.
Tremain admits he had trouble finding teammates to join him on the trip.
“Not many were jumping at it when they found out the physical aspect,” Tremain said. “It’s pretty grueling. It’s a long way to go and a lot of hours in a boat.”
But he did find three: fellow Harrison Police Officer Bill Staggs, Harrison Fire Chief Rob Hursong, and his son and firefighter Robbie Hursong. They’ll likely ride in either four one-man kayaks or two two-man canoes – a decision still to be made as they assess the challenges of the journey.
Response to Harrison Police & Fire Canoeing for a Cure has been excellent, Tremain said. Bass Pro Shops and several other local businesses have donated items for the trip and raffles. The Connersville Fraternal Order of Police, Morgan’s Canoe Rental in Brookville, and Green Acres Canoe and Kayak Rental in Whitewater Township, Ohio have each agreed to allow the group to camp overnight at their facilities along the river.
Tremain said depending on the success and difficulty of the first ever event, the event could be opened to the public next year. In that case, the length of the trip would probably be shortened, he said.
So what’s the motivation for what is likely to be a draining test of mind and body?
“Just to give back to the community,” said Tremain.
You can follow Harrison Police & Fire Canoeing for a Cure on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harrison-Police-Fire-Canoeing-for-a-Cure/128841527304395.