Rescue squad radio auction one of their best ever

Aaron K. Nelson anelson@civitasmedia.com

August 12, 2014

PRESTONSBURG — Now in its 47th year, the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue Squad’s radio auction was a major success.

The rescue group gets no direct tax dollars, and a great deal of their operating budget comes directly from the public they serve. Rescue squad Director Tim Cooley admits that he was not at first optimistic about how this year’s auction would turn out, but says that although the final numbers have yet to be calculated, 2014 looks to have been one of their top three best auctions ever.

Preliminary estimates put the total funds raised somewhere near the $19,000 mark, which Cooley says represents about a quarter of their annual budget. As a nonprofit, all the money they make goes into bettering the squad.

Though the auction is a hectic time at the squad house, their new building afforded them plenty of room for visitors to come tour the items on offer.

The biggest money-makers this year were a signed basketball commemorating the 2012 UK Wildcats season, and a limited edition Kentucky basketball-themed bottle of Maker’s Mark signed by Joe B. Hall, Tubby Smith, Bill Keightley, and Bill Samuels, Jr. that sold for $500.