The recent article [“Sperryville Rescue has ‘a job for everyone,’” Feb. 9] did a very nice job of capturing the enthusiasm and accomplishments, especially of the younger members of Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad (SVRS). The series of articles in the Rappahannock News on the county’s fire and rescue companies and other publicity is much appreciated by all of us. However, the article contained some inaccuracies.
For one thing, we do not yet have a new ambulance, and when we do, it will be a new 2012 model, not a 2000 model as stated in the news article. The new ambulance will replace a 17-year old ambulance which we presently own. Our second existing ambulance is a 2001 four-wheel-drive model specially equipped to respond in severe weather and rugged terrain.
There was some confusion in reference to personnel. Paramedic and Assistant Chief Joshua Waddell recently returned home to Rappahannock after serving a tour of duty in Germany and earlier tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As your readers know, the fire and rescue squads in Rappahannock County are staffed entirely by volunteers — their friends and neighbors. Volunteers range in age from teenagers to those in their 80s. Although the county assists with some funds, it is not nearly enough to fully pay all expenses. We know our citizens depend on us to be there in their time of need and we greatly appreciate the support we receive from them.
Thank you once again for your support of the county fire and rescue companies.
Geraldine Payne, President
Sperryville Volunteer Rescue Squad