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Squad members, supporters fight shutdown

They say they're rallying not only for each other but also for the safety of the community.

Sunday, the Morehead-Rowan County Rescue Squad was joined by other area rescue teams and dozens of supporters. They were all there to fight the shutdown of the volunteer squad.

"I know we're in tough budget times in the state and local level as well but it seems to me this is a step in the wrong direction," said Senator Walter Blevins.

County officials say they are getting rid of the squad because local fire departments can do the same job and taxpayers will save money by not having to support the squad through liability insurance costs.

Squad members say they are needed in times of emergencies like car crashes, natural disasters, water rescues and searches through the county's heavily wooded areas.

Their hope is that county officials will change their minds.

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