STATE ROAD — It’s easy to overlook the brick rescue squad on North Bridge Street as an expected part of the beautiful scenery that is Elkin, until there is a need for the highly-trained professionals who volunteer there.
That is why WIFM has been hosting the annual Elkin Rescue Squad Charity Golf Tournament at Cedarbrook Country Club for 12 years.
Recently the Elkin Rescue Squad was able to purchase two new EMS rescue vehicles with cash primarily thanks to WIFM’s annual event.
“I can’t tell you how much it helps to be able to buy what the squad needs without going into to debt to do so,” said Assistant Chief and Treasurer of Elkin Rescue Squad Mike Bovender. “As treasurer, I would hate to think where we would be financially without Gary York.”
The event raises about $50,000 annually without which the rescue squad would be struggling. “That is a lot of chicken dinners to sell,” said Bovender.
This year’s tournament was a huge success, according to Earl Burgess, who is an employee of Cedarbrook’s Pro Shop.
Burgess explained that although Cedarbrook Country Club owns 60 golf carts, they brought in extras to accommodate the approximately 60 golfers signed up for the morning tee off and slightly more who were expected to start in the afternoon.
The $57,209.63 raised in the golf tournament will not only help upgrade equipment, but it also will help maintain the brick building that was built in 1996 and cost roughly $750,000.
Previously, Elkin Rescue Squad was located downtown in the double garage across from the Liberty, with an earlier location on Memorial Park Drive next to the town garage, and is the oldest rescue squad in the state, founded in 1941.
Elkin residents can still contribute to the cost of maintaining the Elkin Rescue Squad and show their appreciation for those individuals who are present during a crisis by calling Joel Hooper at WIFM at 336-835-2511 or Jerry Atkins at 336-374-9608.