Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 30, 2014

Two ambulances donated to Princeton Police

PRINCETON — The Princeton Rescue Squad donated two ambulances to the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment and the Princeton Police Department Tuesday afternoon.

State police and Princeton police will be able to use both vehicles as a mobile command unit and crime scene unit, according to Princeton Police Chief John Howell.

“We are very appreciative for the wonderful gift; we have never had anything like this as long as I have been here. It will save us a lot of money, so we don’t have to purchase a vehicle,” Howell said. “The mobile command unit will be a huge help if there is a natural disaster and other major emergency.”

Both ambulances donated are 2009 models and still have more than half their life left, Princeton Rescue Squad CEO Stacy Hicks said.

“Here at the rescue squad we have been very blessed with the funds we need and we replace our ambulances after they get around 150,000 miles on them. So they are still in good shape,” Hicks said. “We really try to work together here with the fire department, rescue squad and police department, we take care of each other.”

State Police Troop 6 Captain B.L. Mankins added, “It will be so nice to have something we can drive to the scene. Right now we only have an old pick-up truck and a tow-behind trailer. We are very excited about the ambulances and thankful for the rescue squad for donating them to us.”

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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