Glynn Lott, Headmaster and Coach, was recognized during the annual Macon East Academy Deer Hunt for his service to the school and ongoing commitment to serve the community by offering this unique fundraiser to trophy hunters throughout the country. He was presented with an official firefighter helmet from retired New York City firefighters and long-time participants in the annual hunt. The helmet had the number 343; which was the number of firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. He was also given a piece of the Twin Towers steel; a sign of his steadfast friendship and camaraderie over the years.
Ron Cammarata, Phil Gaurnieri, Gary Theriault, Brian Byrnes, and Fred Crockett were active duty firefighters of Ladder 16 and first responders to the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Later that year, the group learned of Macon East’s unique fundraiser fromalocal church group who had traveled to NY to assist with clean-up efforts. They attended their first deer hunt in January 2002 and have been regulars every year since.
Ron Cammarata recalled “The country was struggling to make sense of what had happened. We were struggling with the loss of friends and colleagues along with the long term clean-up. I am not sure what we would have done if we hadn’t heard about the deer hunt. We consider Coach our Guardian Angel and we want him to know how much we appreciate him and what this deer hunt has meant to us.”
Each year, hunters from all over North America travel to Cecil, Alabama to participate in the Macon East Deer Hunt where local landowners and guides share the much sought-after Black Belt deer hunting opportunities the River Region. The funds raised from this annual event go directly to the school’s annual budget and many of the hunters return each year to participate in the good old southern hospitality Coach Lott always offers.
To learn more about the school and the annual hunt, visit www.maconeast.net.