MADISON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - On Thursday afternoon, a man who lives in Madison County says he became skeptical after another man approached his home stating he was collecting donations for the Madison County Rescue Squad.
“There are just too many people out here trying to con somebody,” Robert Neville said.
Neville said the man was wearing a Madison County Rescue Squad shirt, but he still didn’t feel right about the situation because he often hears about many scams where people use door-to-door tactics to scam people out of their money.
As it turns out, the man who came to Robert Neville’s home is a volunteer for the MCRS.
Madison County Rescue Squad Volunteer Russ Morrow says the $16,000 the organization receives from the county isn’t enough.
“The rescue squad is 100% volunteer and the money we’re raising goes for the Jaws of Life, the trucks, even fuel,” Morrow said.
Morrow says the squad members who go door-to-door always wear a photo ID around their neck, along with a required uniform.
“The emblem on the left chest, on the back in big letters says ‘rescue.’ So we’re clearly identified," Morrow said.
But if people are still skeptical, in this particular case, you can go online to www.madisoncorescue.org. The homepage will display a picture and badge number of exactly who is out soliciting donations on any given day.
Morrow says the rescue squad is a legitimate organization that gives each donor a serial numbered receipt in an effort to protect the donor’s money.
“If you make a check to Madison County Rescue Squad, it has to be deposited. It can’t be cashed even by our treasurer,” Morrow said.
Morrow said if people still have a concern whether or not the person at their door is from a legitimate organization, they should call the police.
WKYT also spoke with Madison County EMS who said they have received several phone calls from people who believe they are being scammed. Madison County EMS says they are often mistaken for the Madison County Rescue Squad, but EMS does not solicit donations.