“We wanted to get people together during EMS week to honor Tom and the EMS community that he loved so much,” said Flight Nurse RN Ricki Barnett. “Our goal is to raise money to give back to the things he loved, EMS and our community.”
The tournament will be held May 23 at Shiloh Ridge Golf Course with shot gun start at 9 a.m.
The deadline to register for the event is May 16 and the cost is $260 per team.
Door prizes and cash awards will be presented to the winners of the Long Drive Contest, the closest player to pin on all par 3’s and others.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for the charity event. For $200, businesses can sponsor a hole on the golf course and have their company logo sign added to it.
Teams can sponsor a hole for $400 dollars which includes the cost of entry for one team in the scramble and a logo on one hole.
Sponsors can also choose to donate items to be used as door prizes.
All proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit the Tom Timms Memorial Fund and all donations are tax deductible.
The memorial fund, which honors the life, values and character of Timms, was established through Regions Bank by two nurses, Debbie Weeks and Barbara Leatherwood. The two women wanted to do something in memory of their late friend and co-worker. So, they started and put money into the fund and then brought it to Air-Evac.
“This fund was set up to honor Tom and his love for our community. He loved EMS and helping others,” said Barnett who worked alongside Timms.
The fund is devoted to the improvement of local emergency service community and awards money to EMS venues and individuals who are pursuing education in either the EMS or medical field.
Since many emergency services are operated by individual and volunteer support only, the fund was designed to help continue their efforts and reinforce their commitment to serving the needs of their communities.
Those who qualify for the aid are local emergency service providers (fire dept., EMS, police, medical students, etc.)
The money awarded helps cover the cost of improvements with equipments, infrastructure, tuition and more.
Interested individuals should contact by email Ricki Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rebecca Timms, wife of Tom, at email@example.com.
Applications for 2014 must be received by May 1. Awards will be announced during National EMS Week which is May 18-24.
Donations can be made to the Tom Timms Memorial Fund at Regions Bank or by mail at TTMF, P.O. Box 2584, Corinth MS 38835.
The first recipient of the fund will be the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department which responded to the beach, near Seahorse Lane and performed CPR on Timms after he was pulled under by ravenous waves in Cape San Blas, Fla. while on vacation in the Gulf of Mexico.
Cape San Blas is a remote area, approximately 10 miles south-southwest of the town of Port St. Joe. The 45-year-old drowned just 100 feet out from the surf-line.
Timms began his EMS career as volunteer firefighter with Farmington F.D. in 2003 before becoming a paramedic with Magnolia Regional Health Center Emergency Management Services where he served his community for nine years. In addition to MRHC, he had also worked for North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. He was a flight paramedic with Air-Evac Lifeteam 58 for three years. Timms led a local Boy Scout troop and was a member of the Pig Medic Cooking Team. He earned his certification through the Northwest Shoals Community College National Register Paramedic.
The 1986 Kossuth High School graduate is remembered as a kind-hearted man with a gentle and loving spirit. He dedicated his life to the service of others, doing so with courage, compassion and dedication.
"I always saw him on a volunteer basis, even if it was his day off. If there was an emergency, he was there. That's just the kind of person he was," said Barnett.
(For more information about the golf tournament, contact Ricki Barnett at the number and email listed above or call Ryan Smith at 662-415-1112.Checks should be made payable and mailed to: Tom Timms Memorial Fund at 3704 Joann Drive. A registration form should be completed and mailed with the payment. These forms can be obtained by visiting Corinth Air-Evac or by contacting Ricki Barnett by phone at 662-415-1397 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Payment options other than check can also be accommodated by calling Barnett.)