MADISON — A Center Ossipee firefighter and EMT won the Top Shot Award at the Carroll County Fish and Game Club’s annual First Responder Appreciation Pistol Shoot Saturday for his accuracy.

Andrew Martino was the "top shot" with a score of 94 out of a possible 100 points, said event coordinator Edward Martinez who said such a school is "real good."

His effort included a direct bulls eyes, from the shooting location 35 feet away from the official National Rifle Association pistol target.

Martino received a $500 gift certificate to Kittery Trading Post.

Martino, 25, told organizers he learned his shooting technique from his parents.

Kirk Smith of North Conway placed second with a 91 out of 100 possible points and won a $300 gift certificate to Burnt Knoll Firearms.

Michael Owings of Abington, Mass. won a hotly contested third place. After Owings and Fred Ham of Madison went into a sudden death shot off twice. Owings won with a score of 32 and a bullseye out of possible 50 points. Owings won $200 gift certificate to Brunt Knoll Firearms.

"The pistol had robust participation from all-over Carroll County and as far Nashua," said Martinez adding plans for a bigger community wide event next year are already underway.

They are working on making it a team event, and encourage women and spouses of first responders to participate.

"We want as much participation as we can," said Martinez adding they are also looking at a charitable component.

Range safety officer Ron Lanigan of Bartlett said this event was designed to show appreciation and support for firefighters, police and EMTs on the same month as the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

He said the appreciation shoot is fun, safe and open to the public.

The event had participation from two Carroll County agencies, Conway Police and Center Ossipee Fire. Manchester Fire Department was represented as well.

Participants had to be 18 years old or older with "common factory pistols" with a minimum caliber size of .380 ranging to .45. They were given five minutes to shoot 10 rounds at the target from 35 feet away. First responders shot for free and the cost for everyone else was $20.

"The Mount Washington Valley boasts very accurate shooters," said Martinez.

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