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Seatbelts for Salena to raise awareness, funds
July 02, 2014 Jerry Purvis   

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Volunteer firefighter and EMT Dick Cochrane, who lost is daughter to a vehicle rollover accident, has organized a golf scramble to fund an annual scholarship.

On May 27, 17-year-old Salena Cochrane of Gering died in a rollover accident northwest of Mitchell.

“As an EMT and a dad, I always reminded Salena to use her seatbelt,” her father said. “On this occasion, she lost control of her car and was partially ejected because she was not wearing restraints.”

Dick said one of the purposes of the golf scramble is to raise awareness of the importance of always wearing seatbelts. Funds raised from the event will go toward an annual scholarship in her name for a student at the Valley Alternative Learning Transitioning School in Scottsbluff.

Salena had just completed her junior year at VALTS and would have graduated in early spring 2015.

The four-person golf scramble is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 23 at 8 a.m. at the Riverview Golf Course in Scottsbluff. Registration is $75 per person or $275 per team. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

There will be prizes for first, second and third place, raffle prizes and hole prizes. Mulligan tickets will be available. Some of the other prizes include jewelry, sporting events, gift certificates, local vendor gift cards and outdoor gear.

For more information or to register, call (308) 641-8889 or (308) 632-9184 or register by email: dkcochrane@gmail.com. Information is also available at the event website, www.seatbeltsforsalena.com. Or a new support Facebook page has been established at Seatbelts for Salena – Bunny.
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