Western Kentucky rescue squad decides to quit responding to calls

Western Kentucky rescue squad decides to quit responding to calls
UNION CITY (AP) — Local emergency workers in southwestern Kentucky have voted unanimously to stop answering calls, effective midnight Wednesday.
Fulton County Judge Executive David Gallagher says the Fulton County-City of Hickman Rescue Squad is invaluable to county residents, but has asked the county to buy an $89,000 truck it can’t afford.
The County Fiscal Court offered $10,000, but the 13 members of the independent volunteer squad voted to cease responding to rescue calls — a decision that Chief Jim Moss says could lead to disbanding the group.
While Gallagher says the county wants to keep the squad operational, Moss says raising the other $79,000 in a county that ranks first in population decline in Kentucky isn’t feasible.
Among services the squad offers are river rescue on the Mississippi River, extricating people pinned in wrecked vehicles and weather spotting.
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Information from: WYVY-FM, http://www.todaysyoungcountry.com/
Published in The Messenger 5.20.08

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