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Mold problems cause financial headaches for Ridgeway EMTs

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HENRY COUNTY, VA - Members if the Ridgeway Rescue Squad have had their hands full lately. In addition to responding to emergency calls, volunteers have also had to deal with mold problems.

Last year, crews discovered mold in the rescue squad's building said Darren Lockridge, president of the squad. The basement is just one of the areas where Lockridge and volunteers with the Ridgeway Rescue Squad discovered mold.

"What the testing results found was that there were 13 different types of mold present in the building" said Lockridge. "Some were the types of mold that are hazardous to your health."

As a safety precaution, rescue workers closed off the building's kitchen and other mold infested areas.

'We cant cook because our kitchen is gone so we have a microwave" said Lockridge. "The mold problem is not affecting our ability to run calls but it is affecting our ability to live".

Lockridge said engineers believe poor construction may be to blame for water leaks. Rescue squad volunteers tore down drywall and did some de-construction work to prevent more mold problems. While they stopped the mold from growing, funding issues remain.

"We've emptied our pockets for what we can do so far" said Lockridge. "We have already spent between $60,000 and $80,000 out of pocket getting some of the work done."

The Henry County Board of Supervisors aside $95,000 to help the Ridgeway Rescue Squad with damages caused by mold.

"The rescue squad provides an essential community service and the board of supervisors recognizes the role the rescue squad plays in the community" said Dale Wagoner, Deputy County Administrator. "We feel it is important to assist them with their project".

In the past, the Henry County Board of Supervisors has appropriated funds to help local rescue workers pay for ambulances, fire trucks and other improvements.

"Rescue squads are centers of our community, people count on them in their time of need" said Wagoner.

While the $95,000 will go along way, it is only half of what the Ridgeway Rescue Squad believes it needs to cover repairs the mold problem left behind. At last check, Lockridge said the squad needs about $200,000 total for the estimated construction cost.

If you want to help the squad you can send a donation addressed to:

Ridgeway Rescue Squad

P.O. Box 611

Ridgeway, Virginia 24148

There is also a Facebook page for the "Ridgeway Rescue's Annual Casino Night" in November. The event helps raise money for the squad.

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