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New Truck Costly for Life Saving Crew


Reporter: Heather Rosenbaum | Videographer: RJ Burnette

Danville, VA -- The Danville Life Saving Crew is dedicated to helping the community and now they need your help. About a year ago, they purchased a heavy rescue truck to be available during big accidents. But they need community support to help pay it off.

Aside from the ladder truck at the fire department, it is the biggest emergency vehicle in the city. And they've used it for about five major calls so far. But with $1,600 in interest a month, they are desperate to pay off their loan as soon as possible.

From rescue equipment to medical supplies, the Danville Life Saving Crew's heavy rescue truck comes with a lot, including a big receipt. 

"You better believe it's worth it. It just lets us roll in on any situation, a scene that we have and we know and we are confident that we have the equipment to do what we have to do," said Nick Sapounakes, maintenance captain of Life Saving Crew.

"Doesn't get used every day but when it does get used, it's very well needed," said Robbie Woodall, chief of Life Saving Crew.

All decked out, this truck costs more than $500,000. State grants plus funds from selling their old truck made a dent in that cost. But they still are still more than $400,000 in the red.

"We need to get that off of us so we have money set aside to replace ambulances, response vehicles, heart monitors, day to day operational equipment, two way radios. We need to get this off our back," said Woodall.

So the George and Sarah Buchanan Foundation stepped up pledging to match donations for half of the loan, which is more than $200,000.

"It was the least I could do to help the community, and to stimulate the community to try to make donations to help pay for the equipment," said George Buchanan.

Now it's up to the community to help out.

"We hope that the community will get behind us especially since we've got matching money where every dollar you give is like giving two," said Woodall.

They are hoping to raise all of the money by the end of this year. It starts this week, as they prepare for their annual golf tournament.

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