Glenn Poole Jr. is looking forward to one thing: the opportunity to go target shooting again.
Poole, the Havelock High student who nearly drowned in September at Fort Macon, came out for the Glenn Poole Celebration fundraiser Saturday at Havelock High School.
“I’m doing pretty good,” he said.
The senior spent three months in the hospital recovering and continues to undergo rehabilitation. One of the side effects is that his left hand trembles.
“It affects my target shooting,” he said.
He spent Saturday accepting hugs and handshakes from well-wishers who attended the event.
“I’m glad they came,” he said.
Though the family has insurance, the medical bills were large, as were the expenses for the family staying in Greenville as Poole received treatment.
“We appreciate the outpouring of support from the community,” said Poole’s father, Glenn Poole Sr.
He pointed out members of Oak Grove United Methodist Church as well as all the churches that came out to sell food and support Saturday’s event. He said workers at Fleet Readiness Center East also helped out.
“They’ve taken real good care of us,” he said. “We’re very humbled. We’re not used to being on this side of the fence. We’re usually trying to help out others. We’re very appreciative.”
He said his son continues to recover. He’s not yet back in school as his immune system continues to gain strength, but he does school work and is tutored at home to keep up with his studies.
Along with raising money for the Poole family, Saturday’s event also honored members of the Atlantic Beach Fire Department. Students and a teacher rescued Poole from the water at Fort Macon and began CPR. The department members, Chief Adam Snyder and Jeremy Mann, Chris Lewis and Mike Dixon, arrived and then took over rescue efforts. They were presented certificates during Saturday’s event and met with the Poole family.
“We don’t get this opportunity very often,” Atlantic Beach Fire Chief Adam Snyder said of meeting those who they’ve helped. “It’s nice seeing him again and knowing that we made a difference.”
Saturday’s event, organized by area churches and the high school, was full of fun, from bounce houses for children and a cornhole tournament to a walk-a-thon and a 5K run.
Tyson Donaldson ran the 5K race with his beagle, Penny.
“I was surprised I made it,” he said as Penny lapped water from a cup. “I knew she would make it.”
Johnathan Burson was just happy to finish the run as he crossed the line right behind Donaldson.
“I won in last place,” he joked.
Havelock High student Ethan Feldt, a member of the school’s cross country team, won the race. He ran as a member of the school’s NJROTC program, which helped out at the event.
“I just came out here to help and figured I could have some fun at the same time,” he said of running the race.
He said that he could do something he enjoys and help a fellow student made the run special.
“It’s always nice trying to help people out,” he said.
The exact amount of money raised wasn’t immediately available, but Havelock High Principal Jeff Murphy pointed out the event had two goals.
“We like raising money,” he said. “But more than that, we’re here to celebrate Glenn Poole and his life and that he is recovering and continues to get better.”
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