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Lincolnville Man Plans Fundraiser To Say Thank You To First Responders 

This weekend a Lincolnville man will be saying thank you in a special way to the rescue crews that saved his life. It happened nearly two years ago. Cliff Coburn was riding an ATV to visit a friend while another friend followed him. “And I turned to look to see if he was still there,” says Coburn, “and he was but when I turned around I hit pine needles in the middle of the road and lost control of the 4-wheeler. Then I thought it would be best to jump off the 4-wheeler but it wasn’t and I went head first into a tree and then went 20 feet down on to a pile of rocks.”His friends were able to transport him to a nearby home where a first responder working for Camden First Aid lived. They called LifeFlight and Coburn was on his way to Eastern Maine Medical Center. “I had broken every bone in my head except my lower jaw.”He spent the next 19 days in the hospital and the following 7 months recuperating. “They say its supposed to take a year before you do anything after a severe head injury like that,” he says, “but I couldn’t sit around and do nothing. I had to go back to work.”Coburn is now blind in one eye and has numbness on one side of his face, but he’s back to working full time. He and his four daughters want to say thank you to the first responders who saved his life. They’ve planned a lobster and clam bake this Sunday at his Lincolnville home with all sorts of activities.The fundraiser is Sunday August 22 from 2-7:00 p.m. at his home. 44 Searsmont Road in Lincolnville. The cost is $16.50 for adults and $8.00 for kids 12 and under. He’ll have a bounce house and slip and slide for kids. A horseshoe tournament is scheduled for the first 30 people to sign up. Lobsters were donated by Josh Canow of Islesboro and Mark Barnes of Camden. Hannaford in Rockland and Camden donated $25 apiece. Walmart in Rockland donated $50 worth of paper products. Cooks and wait staff have been provided by Cuzzy’s restaurant in Camden. Coburn says all are welcome at the event.