On May 19, the 7th annual Carsen Rettler’s memorial golf outing was held at the Shamrock Heights Golf Course in New London. Teams of four golfers and a golf course of volunteers made a great day for a fundraiser.
The annual golf outing is a fundraiser started by the Rettler family in memory of Carsen. Since its beginning, the outing has grown and become an event that many look forward to. Tara Rettler, mother of Carsen, and her family and friends spend countless hours each year gathering donations and sponsorships for door prizes, raffles or auctions for the event.
Each year, the Rettler family chooses a first responder group (fire department or EMS) within their surrounding communities to receive the funds from the Carsen memorial as a way of saying thanks for all the support the family was given in Carsen’s time of need. This year, the Nichols Rural Fire Department was chosen as the recipient of the Carsen memorial fundraiser.
The day began with teams playing an 18-hole game of golf. Golfers were treated to prizes at certain holes and raffles were held near the clubhouse. After the golf game, participants, friends, family and volunteers headed over to the River Rail in Shiocton for supper and more prizes, silent auctions and basket raffles.
The Nichols Rural Fire Department, dressed in their formal attire, presented the Rettler family with a shadow box of Carsen’s photo, a Nichols Fire Department Patch, and a Nichols Fireman’s badge that made Carsen an honorary fireman.
The Nichols Rural Fire Department then went on to read the Fireman’s Prayer followed by the ‘Ringing of the Bell’ in memory of Carsen.
The ‘Ringing of the Bell’ is done after the Fireman’s Prayer and is the final event of the ceremony that announces a comrade has come home for a final time. The Nichols Rural Fire Department just received the bell for their department and chose to have a plaque placed on it in memory of Carsen.
On Aug. 1, 2018, Tara and her family presented the Nichols Rural Fire Department with a check in the amount of $15,746.04. “With well over 200 people attending this event, this was the best year ever,” replied a family member. The Nichols Rural Fire Department will be using the funds towards its purchase of a new UTV on tracks to be used for grass fires and rescues a $25,000 apparatus.
“The Rettler family has found a special way to remember Carsen, but they have also inspired us and many others to also remember Carsen,” Chief Scheller explained. “Our fire department is honored and touched by the generosity of the Rettler family. Honorary fireman, Carsen Rettler’s memory will live on in us and all those we help in the future.”