Claiborne County Tennessee Wins Nationwide Contest & New Ambulance

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email
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Paramedics in nearby Claiborne County, Tennessee have a new ambulance for the first time in nearly ten years. It took six months, a lot of bandages, and a community with a lot of determination to get it.

Claiborne County Paramedic David Bennett says the ambulance he was using to save lives had over three hundred thousand miles on it.

"You figure a vehicle with that many miles on it, it's going to be in pretty rough shape," Bennett said.

But the people of Claiborne County have been working for months to get some better equipment, one bandage at a time.

NexCare held a national contest. The Wal-Mart with the most bandages purchased nationwide would win a new ambulance for its local EMS.

"We just kept truckin', kept moving on. It was just unbelievable," said Sarah Wright, Wal-Mart Store Manager.

And thirty seven thousand bandages later, the community came together to celebrate. Local high school bands played, even native country music star Rodney Adkins joined in celebration.

"That just goes to show you what folks are made of around here. When you need something, you go out and get it for yourself," Adkins said.

The people were sending a message of thanks.

"It's making a difference in all these heroes lives, all them standing there. They deserve it," Wright said.

"It will save lives. An ambulance is a specific tool and without that, we can't perform our job," Bennett said.

But now with new equipment, Bennett believes he'll be able to serve his community better.

The new Tazewell Wal-Mart beat out over three thousand Wal-Marts nationwide to win the contest and the ambulance for its community.

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