Support the rescue squad

Published 11:07 am Wednesday, June 14, 2017

It’s incumbent on all of us to support the Charlotte County Rescue Squad as it continues its annual fundraising drive.

Spanning through Aug. 31, the drive seeks to bolster the hard work of the good men and women who save lives daily and care for those who are injured or ill.

We encourage our readers and those who live and work in Charlotte County to consider donating to the drive.

Whether it’s $5 or $50, the money goes a long way for those who work on our behalf.

“With the tough economic times that are upon us and the increasing cost of operations, once again, as in the past, we ask you — our friends and neighbors of Charlotte County — for your support,” said Charlotte County Rescue Squad Captain Bill Mayhew in a countywide letter to residents and businesses.

According to the letter, 1,887 emergencies were responded to by emergency personnel last year, totaling 130,203 miles traveled. Additionally, 8,869 man hours were logged, according to the letter.

Personnel who respond to accidents, medical emergencies and crime scenes don’t often get the recognition they deserve. These good men and women spend time away from their families and loved ones as they labor for the community. The least we can do is show our support by offering a small donation.

According to the letter, the hours don’t include training and additional duties performed by the personnel.

“Your donations are used for supplies, training and the operation of our emergency vehicles,” Mayhew said.

The donation you make today could help save a life tomorrow for one of your neighbors, friends or even family members.

Donations to the squad may be sent to the Charlotte County Rescue Squad at P.O. Box 330, Keysville, Va. 23947.