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Wednesday, March 8, 2017 issue
Rescue squad needs rescue from budget
NEZ — The Martin County Rescue Squad will no longer be able to use its vehicles to render aid in emergencies after April 16 when the insurance runs out.

"We had a meeting the other day and we could have shut down all together, but the members didn't want to do that to the people," Captain Roy Endicott said. "We'll have to help without the trucks because we can't afford the insurance, but we want to make sure the people aren't completely left out in the cold."

Endicott said that there were "about 21 members" and that he has been with the rescue squad for "30 years or so" and he would continue to help any way he could.

"With the flood, we were out day and night," Endicott said. "We are the only organization with boats in the county. Kelly (Martin County Judge-Executive Callaham) said that we weren't in the budget for next year either."

Treasurer Ronnie Anderson estimated that the rescue squad has been dispatched to approximately "75-80 calls" within the last six months.

"That is the number that we actually rolled on," Anderson said. "We don't log the ones we get called to and then get cancelled."

Anderson said there were many times that the rescue squad has had to respond to remote locations and use the jaws of life, the wench on the truck and the boats to rescue people from high waters.

Anderson recalled several logging accidents that included Rockhouse, Emily Creek and Poplar Fork in which the organization was toned out to respond.

"We had to go up there and get them out," Anderson said. "There was the incident over at Beauty where the Horn boy was killed and the Howell boy was killed. The vehicle rolled over on the Howell boy and we had to use the wench on the truck to lift it off him so we could get him out. We had to use the wench over at Tomahawk when that Blackburn boy was beaten and shoved over the hill. We had to strap the wench on and hold the car up so they could get him out because they were afraid it would roll on over the hill."

Anderson said that the members of the Rescue Squad had been trained in mock four-wheeler accidents; landing zones and had also responded to bus accidents.

"There weren't any injuries in the bus wreck at Buck Branch, but we were there," Anderson said.

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