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Fire and ice: Volunteers speed down Mohawk slope with skis, fire hose

karenb@lakevillejournal.com
Cornwall firefighters/skiers extraordinaire Phill West, Skip Kosciusko, Connie Hedden, Tim Curtiss and Ralph Dzenutis participated in the Firemen’s Race at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area Saturday, March 5. Photo by Karen Bartomioli

CORNWALL — There was fire on Mohawk Mountain Saturday, but only because of the blazing hot speed of area volunteer firefighters’ skis and snowboards.

The second annual Firemen’s Race, sponsored by the Farmington Firefighters Association and Mohawk Mountain Ski Area, brought out six five-person teams and benefited the burn center at Bridgeport Hospital.

Fire trucks were parked in front of the ski lodge and firefighters donned full fire turnout gear and helmets. They schussed around in the snow prior to the race —and answered questions from onlookers, especially the youngsters.

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