Fire departments support ambulance squad with auction

LEWIS Emergency response personnel are known for given a helping hand, and this time two local fire companies are seeking to help some of their fellow responders.

The Elizabethtown and Lewis Fire Departments are sponsoring a benefit auction to assist with the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad building on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. at the Lewis Fire Department. Gokey's Trading Post of North Hudson is donating services as auctioneer.

Lewis Fire Department Assistant Chief Charlie Martin said the organizations work closely together. Martin is also an emergency medical technician.

We work together when there's an emergency - and one helps the other. For example, if there's a fire, (the squad) responds in case a fireman is in trouble. If there's a car wreck, the fire department is protects the EMS personnel at the scene. Its a team effort, said Martin.

Funds raised will help support the construction of a new ambulance building. The old one has a severe space shortage and other problems.

Anyone wishing to donate consignment or items for the auction may contact any member of the Elizabethtown or Lewis Fire Department or emergency squad.

Martin added that there would be refreshments offered, including hamburgers, hot dogs, michigans, soda and coffee.

For more information or to arrange a donation, contact Harvey Putnam 873-2291, Ed Cross 873-9121 or Charlie Martin 873-2698.

Both fire departments have been very support of the ambulance squad and the building project, but we were still very appreciative of them taking on this auction for our agency, said Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad President Patty Bashaw.

The new property lot, located between the Elizabethtown and Lewis, has been cleared of all buildings and most of the debris. Fund-raising is currently ongoing, and the squad has applied to the USDA for a grant/loan. Bashaw said the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad is still a ways from their goal of $227,000.

We truly support any donations that can be made towards this facility. The placement of this new building will benefit both towns in timely response to community members medical needs, said Bashaw.

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