Community shows support for Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The 48th annual Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad Radio Auction wrapped up Saturday evening.

For years the community has supported the volunteer based rescue squad. Captain Tim Cooley says without the support of the community...the squad would not be where it is today.

"The oldest in the state of Kentucky, and is ranked number one as well...been here almost 57 years. That pretty much explains how supportive the community is, or we would have been gone a long time ago," explains Cooley.

Folks support the squad in various ways, but especially through donating to the auction and of course bidding on items. Which is something Evelena Osborne's son loved to do.

Osborne says, "He called in every year, he looked forward to it."

19-year-old, Anthony Osborne, died in accident almost seven years ago.

"One of the equipment that they had bought with the auction money, is what they used to get the truck off of my son," says Osborne.

It is stories like Osborne's that explain how important the squad is and why the community continues to show an outpouring of support through events like the auction.

Year after year the radio auction is a vital part of the rescue squad but this year squad members say it holds an even greater role as work is underway on what is soon be their new headquarters.

Cooley says, "In the past it has kept the lights on and fuel in the trucks, and it still has to operate that way. Even though we are in the process of getting a new facility and being blessed with that...we still have to operate."

So they can continue to be there for their community.

"You never know when its going to be your family. You don't think about it, everybody thinks it is not going to happen to me or it is not going to happen to my child...but God took my only child," says Osborne.

As they begin a new chapter but also honor and remember the history of their squad.

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