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Rescue Squad celebrates 50 years

Frank Sawyer

Frank Sawyer

BAYBORO – Frank Sawyer, 83, recalls a different world when he was one of a few who were instrumental in forming Pamlico County Rescue Squad way back in 1966.

In a brief interview last week where Sawyer resides at Gardens of Pamlico Assisted Living, the teary-eyed senior citizen looked back on the squad’s earliest days.

“We seen some really bad stuff,” said Sawyer. “I remember we bought a Dodge hearse for our first ambulance, and it would get down yonder. We used to hang out with a guy who was a Highway Patrolman. We took the thing out on a call one day, and he said it was the first time he ever got passed by an ambulance on three wheels!”

The Rescue Squad veteran also recalled: “I had to deliver two babies – one white one and one black one. And, sometimes they still come by to see me. I really enjoy that.”

Sawyer is looking forward to Saturday’s festivities, scheduled from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. at Rescue Squad headquarters in Bayboro.

“I’ll be right in the center of it,” he said, with a wry smile.

Rush to save drunken swimmer nets DWI charge for respected paramedic

Web post July 6 Eric Kindle picORIENTAL — On Sunday, July 5, 2015, at approximately 1:00 am, The Pamlico County Sheriff’s Office, South East Pamlico Fire Department and Pamlico Rescue responded to an intoxicated person in the water that was having difficulty swimming. After removing the person from the water, deputies and rescue personnel were checking on the victim to ensure that he did not need further medical attention.

During the incident, an off-duty paramedic with Pamlico Rescue moved the ambulance from one side of the building to the other. While moving the ambulance, a vehicle parked in the parking lot was struck by the ambulance. When law enforcement arrived at the area of the collision it was determined that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. Law Enforcement contacted the North Carolina Highway Patrol for further investigations. As a result of the investigation ERIC JAMES KINDLE, age 37, of Oriental was charged with Driving While Impaired.

Kayaker rescued near Cedar Island

Marine Corps helicopter plays crucial role in locating missing man

This is the boat ramp where emergency officials spotted Cooper’s vehicle.

This is the boat ramp where emergency officials spotted Cooper’s vehicle.

CARTERET COUNTY – About 9 a.m. Wednesday, the medical evacuation helicopter known as ‘Pedro’ – operating from Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station — rescued a Washington, N.C. man approximately 1.5 miles from the Cedar Island Ferry Terminal.

Lee Morton Cooper, 58, was reported missing late Tuesday night. His wife told emergency officials in Beaufort County that he had not returned from a kayaking trip in the vicinity of Cedar Island, a remote section of eastern Carteret County.

At 3 a.m. Wednesday, Carteret County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ed Rose and Deputy Ivey Eubanks located Cooper’s silver Toyota Truck parked near the boat ramp close to the Cedar Island Ferry. At that time, search and rescue efforts by air were hampered due to heavy fog that moved into eastern Carteret County.

Pedro was originally planning to transport Cooper to Carteret General Hospital but aborted the landing due to fog. Pedro then stopped at Craven Regional Medical Center in New Bern where Cooper was stabilized for the remaining journey to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. His condition at this time is unknown.

Carteret County Sheriff Asa Buck commended the crew of Pedro for their continued service to Carteret County. Buck said “this is yet another example of how extremely valuable an asset Pedro is to search and rescue operations in eastern North Carolina.”

Aurora Rescue Squad achieves ‘ all paid ’ status

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By Bridgett Bonner | Special to the County Compass

AURORA — The Board and Members of Aurora Rescue Squad are pleased to announce that our organization will become a paid service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, effective July 1, 2013.

In July 2010, after several years of being completely volunteer driven, Rescue Squad officials took the first step toward bringing in paid personnel to work the Monday – Friday 8am-5pm shifts. A year later, we added more personnel and changed our shift coverage to 6am to 6pm, with volunteers covering shifts from 6pm thru 6am and providing weekend coverage. It has taken a lot of hard work and determination by many people to make this happen, but we’re finally there.

Our next goal is to become an ‘I’ level squad, allowing us to provide more advanced care in the pre-hospital setting. As always, we strive to provide quality care to the citizens of Aurora/Richland Township and will continually work to advance our skills and knowledge to provide the service our communities deserve.

Arapahoe Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 50 years

 

By Mac Rubel | Special to the County Compass

50-years-logoARAPAHOE — This Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the members of Station 15, Arapahoe Fire-Rescue, are celebrating their 50th Anniversary.

“Everyone is invited,” said Fire Chief Chris Lee. “This is a special occasion and it is open to everyone in the County, especially all members of our sister stations, Pamlico Rescue, and the County Sheriff’s Office. We all work together as a community. We should share in the celebration too.”

In addition to selling a plate lunch featuring either barbecue or fried chicken (or both), members of five or six local churches and organizations will be helping with a community bake sale of homemade goodies. Free soft drinks are provided by the New Bern Pepsi Cola Bottling Company.

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One of the most horrific fires ever experienced by the Arapahoe Volunteer Fire Department occurred in June 2007 when nearby Bethany Christian Church burned to the ground.

In addition to food and drink, look for presentations on fire safety and first aid, displays of fire and rescue equipment, and a ‘photo-op’ for kids sitting in the driver’s seat of Arapahoe’s first-line engine and getting a chance to spray water with a real fire hose. The 25 members of Station 15 will be there to help and answer your questions.

Orders will also be taken for emergency reflective house locator signs that are mandated by the county to help find house locations when emergency services are called.

NC State Forest Service personnel and Smokey the Bear, fire fighters and equipment from sister stations from around the county will also be on hand to help with the festivities.

Of the original members, 12 are seen in this photo from May of 1963. Old timers in the community may be able to match names to faces. The 14 original members were: Marvin Bennett, Roland Jones, Charles Wilson, Garvin Hardison, Vance Hardison, Carlyle Brinson, Duval Hardison, Garland Cahoon, John E. Harper, Worth Bennett, Leland Brinson, Joseph Bland, Vernon J. Daniels, and Rigdon Salter.

Of the original members, 12 are seen in this photo from May of 1963. Old timers in the community may be able to match names to faces. The 14 original members were: Marvin Bennett, Roland Jones, Charles Wilson, Garvin Hardison, Vance Hardison, Carlyle Brinson, Duval Hardison, Garland Cahoon, John E. Harper, Worth Bennett, Leland Brinson, Joseph Bland, Vernon J. Daniels, and Rigdon Salter.

The celebration will kick off at eleven in the morning and will run until 2:30 pm. At that time there will be the drawing for Arapahoe’s 50th Anniversary Raffle. Prizes for the raffle, ranging from a 12-gauge pump action shotgun to gift certificates from local businesses and food from several local establishments, have been kindly donated by many of our local businesses.

Tickets will be on sale at the station throughout the day. Come and celebrate with Station 15, Arapahoe Fire-Rescue!