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Search and rescue group forms

Published 8:56pm Monday, November 29, 2010

Fourteen local residents recently joined forces to create Lake Martin Search and Rescue, a new rescue squad in Tallapoosa County that will cover the county as well as the Lake Martin area.

The newly formed squad consists of a number of veteran search and rescue volunteers who plan to serve Tallapoosa County and the Lake Martin area by concentrating on search and rescue efforts.

Patricia Berry, secretary and squad reporter, said the squad will not run an ambulance or fire truck and also plans to host events at various times throughout the year that will be open to the public.

“We’re strictly search and rescue … we also want to open up CPR training and things like that for the community,” Berry said. “People

need to learn how to, for example, save children if they’re involved in an accident happens on the lake or know first aid if something happens around the house.”

Berry said the new squad is a member of the Alabama Association or Rescue Squads, or AARS, and that most of the squad’s members were previously members of the Peckerwood Rescue Squad.

The members decided to leave the Peckerwood Rescue Squad and form their own squad after the Peckerwood squad decided to not continue their membership with the AARS, Berry explained.

Berry said Lake Martin Search and Rescue is the only squad in Tallapoosa County that belongs to the state association at this time and the squad believes it is important to stay affiliated with them.

“(The members of the) Peckerwood (Rescue Squad) are still friends though,” she said. “We look forward to working with them and the Alexander City Rescue Squad.”

The AARS meets quarterly throughout Alabama to keep squads aware of changing laws that concern rescue squads as well as other information to help them better serve counties. The AARS will holds its May 2011 meeting in Alex City and it will be hosted by Lake Martin Search and Rescue, Berry said.

The squad became fully authorized to commence business under its charter filed Nov. 8, she said.

In addition to Berry, the board members of the Lake Martin Search and Rescue squad are: Terry Newman, president; John Gardner, vice president; and Faye Ingram, treasurer.

Berry said the squad’s commitment to Tallapoosa County and the Lake Martin area is to be the best they can be at what they do and to provide a service that is second to none and they pledge to serve citizens by keeping current with their training and attending classes as they become available.

“We’re looking for more members,” she said, adding that individuals must be voted in, adhere to the squad’s bylaws and undergo the necessary search and rescue training to become members.