Logan County’s Search and Rescue Squad had its 46th annual fish fry Saturday, March 26 at the Logan County Extension Office starting at 6 p.m. According to Terry Cole, Chief of the Rescue Squad, the event was a success.
“After expenses we cleared about $8,500,” said Cole. “This was a good year.”
Cole said the fundraiser is a lot of work, but it is well worth it. Many donated items and time for the event including B&J Auto who donated the fish.
“We could not put on this event if it were not for all those who gave and donated their time,” said Cole. “I cannot thank enough all of those who showed up not only to help us, but to support us as well.”
Cole also thanks the community for their continued support. He said if it weren’t for those in the community, the squad would not be able to continue.
The squad began in 1968 as the Civil Defense during the Korean War. Clyde Gorham was the director then. Others including JC Deeberry, AC Barrow and Jim Shackleford got a group together to form the Civil Defense group, which eventually became the Logan County Search & Rescue Squad in 1999.
There were approximately 250-300 people who came out Saturday for the fish fry.
“We enjoy putting this fundraiser on every year. It’s a social event, while supporting a good organization,” said Cole.
The Logan County Search & Rescue Squad currently has 25 members. The squad works under the direction and umbrella of Logan County Emergency Management. The organization is based beside the county road barn. The group meets once a month and trains throughout the year to keep sharp and ready in the case of an emergency.
Search & Rescue is called out for weather related events including thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods and snow storms. They also respond to rescue and recoveries, searches for missing individuals, and they help local law enforcement when needed.
The funds generated from the fish fry will be spent on maintenance and the purchase of needed safety equipment for the volunteers.
“We use ropes, lights, generators, loading equipment, safety apparel and also utilize large equipment like all-terrain vehicles,” said Cole. “We are always trying to stay up-to-date on what is needed to help the community,” Cole said.
The squad relies on this yearly event and depends on the funds to keep going.
“The men and women of the rescue squad are a very special bunch. They volunteer their time to help because they care about their community and those who live in it. They are always ready to go when someone needs them,” Cole added.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.