By Jack Latta
August 7, 2013
PRESTONSBURG - It’s auction time once again in the mountains, as the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad takes to the airways for the 2013 annual radio auction.
The squad will begin taking calls Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and carry on through the weekend. Thursday and Friday will begin and end at the same time, with Saturday’s broadcast beginning at noon and proceeding on until it’s over.
The first squad of its kind in Kentucky and the among the first in the nation, formed out of the tragic 1958 bus accident that captured a nations attention and hearts. Since it’s inception, the organization has always relied heavily on the donations taken in each year during the broadcast auction.
This year the squad will be looking to secure donations for their new building, including donations for a new memorial which will be placed in front of the building. The memorial will honor the 26 children, and their bus driver who died in 1958. The memorial will feature graven images of all of the children, as well as their driver.
Also as part of their new building construction, the Squad is offering decorative personalized bricks which will adorn the interior of the buildings foyer upon completion. The bricks will be on sale through December 2013.
The squad plans to purchase memorial bricks for its founding members, as well as each of the 27 people who perished in the school bus accident.
The new Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad headquarters, which will be named the Alexander Willis Rescue Facility, is currently under construction near the mouth of Cliff on Old Abbott Mountain Road. The new facility is expected to be modern in design, featuring eight truck bays and plenty of room to house the squad’s moving water rescue boats and extrication units. The building will also house a new Emergency Operations Center that can be utilized by the county and surrounding counties.
Public Information Officer Jennifer Bailey says that from day one, the FCERS has been built through, and supported by this community, and has over the years evolved into one of the finest rescue units in the nation. “The unit is looked on with admiration around the state and country, comes to our rescue in rain or snow, all while honoring the memory of those whom we’ve lost,” says Bailey. “It represents the very best of Floyd County.”
The FCERS continues to hold it’s annual radio auction in it’s current headquarters where the group has been since it’s founding in 1958.
The 2013 Radio Auction begins airing Wednesday evening at 5:00 p.m. on WQHY 95.5 FM. As always the phone number to ring into the auction is (606) 886-0000.