Local rescue squads join forces on rivalry football night

By Kristian Russell - krussell@elkintribune.com
The Elkin, right, and Yadkin County rescue squads come together on Friday night for the Battle of the Bridge. - Kristian Russell | The Tribune

The Battle of the Bridge is one of Yadkin County and Surry County’s biggest rivalries. It’s when Elkin and Starmount high schools meet on the football field for the start of conference play.

Usually, both sets of fans and anyone watching the game stay on their respective sides of the stands. On Friday night, things were different for two local rescue squads.

The Elkin Rescue Squad and the Yadkin County Rescue squad joined forces to run point for the Battle of the Bridge. This is the first time both squads have been at the same football game, but it is hopefully the start of a new tradition.

“I called Yadkin Rescue and asked if they wanted to come help out and they agreed,” said Mike Bovender, assistant chief of Elkin Rescue. “We work well together, and now we want to see if we can play well together.”

The rescue squads took the time to get to know each other and keep things safe on the sidelines and in the stands.

“Being able to experience this is what I’m excited about,” said Yadkin County Rescue Squad’s Caleb Madison. “We don’t normally get to come up here to Elkin to do a football game. We have worked with them before and this is something new for us.”

The Yadkin County team won the football game, but for the rescue squads, it was about coming together for a different type of rivalry. The squads showed they are supportive of each other and will help out whenever they are asked.

“We always learn something when we work with someone else,” said Bovender. “We see new personalities and we have a good time. We want to continue this on as long as we have a free truck and Yadkin has a free truck. We want to be at every Starmount and Elkin football game, whether it be in Elkin or Boonville.”

The Elkin, right, and Yadkin County rescue squads come together on Friday night for the Battle of the Bridge.
https://www.elkintribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_IMG_1815.jpgThe Elkin, right, and Yadkin County rescue squads come together on Friday night for the Battle of the Bridge. Kristian Russell | The Tribune

By Kristian Russell

krussell@elkintribune.com