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Donations aid rescue squad

After the Selma-Dallas County Rescue Squad was burglarized twice last weekend, the tightly budgeted volunteer department asked for help from the community it serves. It only took a matter of days before the community responded in a big way.

The Montgomery-based Care Ambulance was the first to give. Yesterday the company donated $300 and miscellaneous medical equipment to the rescue squad.

Danny Hill, operations manager for Care Ambulance, said the decision to give to the rescue squad was easy.

Care Ambulance has an office at the old Vaughan Hospital on Dallas Avenue and has just recently added a third emergency vehicle.

The local Bargain Town store also got into the act by donating supplies and making contributions to the rescue squad.

Store manager Allie Huff said she first became aware of the rescue squad’s problem after hearing about it on the television news.

Huff said the rescue squad should receive its full donation from Bargain Town by the end of the month.

The Hayden Street building, which houses the rescue squad, was first robbed June 7 and then again June 9. No leads have yet to turn up in the case, but Bowie has said he believes it was the work of drug addicts because a number of medical supplies were taken.

The rescue squad, made up entirely of volunteers, is funded through the Dallas County Commission and public donations.

Contributions can be sent to the squad at P.O. Box 766, Selma, AL 36702.