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MANCHESTER >> The Manchester Rescue Squad thanks all those who have helped start this year's annual fundraising campaign.

"Our annual December fundraising is vital to the continuing operation of the rescue squad," said Ben Weiss, President of the Rescue Squad board. "This year, we are grateful several notable donations that have already come in. The Lions Club has donated $2,500, The Dorset Church $1,500, The Green Mountain Girls sent along $1,000 and the Bromley Village Association threw their full support behind us with a $4,750 donation."

The rescue squad, located in the Manchester Public Safety facility, is not a municipal department.

"We are an independent, non-profit organization, serving the communities of Manchester, Dorset, Danby, Mt. Tabor and portions of Winhall, providing 24 hour emergency care coverage, 365 days a year," said John Conte, Board vice-president. "With 1,200 calls per

year, there is a definite need. Insurance reimbursements fall far short of our operating cost. We use a variety of sources to

make up the difference, Fundraising keeps our doors open."

"We depend on the community as much as the community depends on us," said Jim Salsgiver, Treasurer of the rescue squad's board, "and it's not every day that you can save the life of a neighbor by making a donation."


Tax-deductible donations can be made online at, by calling the squad offices at 362-1995 and by

replying with the letter many in the community has been sent.

Photo Caption: Manchester Rescue Squad COO Michael Casey happily accepts the Lion's Club $2,500 donation from

Bruce Murtaugh.