By Chase Jordan
Along with fellow emergency personnel, Anthony Troublefield is looking forward to unveiling a monument honoring rescue workers who save lives every day in Sampson County.
A dedication for the monument is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 at the Sampson County Emergency Management Office in Clinton, 107 Underwood St., Clinton.
“This will honor the volunteers that have served over the years, as well as the ones that passed on,” said Troublefield, a member of the Sampson Count Rescue and EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Association.
Representatives from volunteer EMS and rescue squads in different communities along with dignitaries will make remarks during the event. Previously, the squads set to be recognized included Suttontown, Newton Grove, Plain View, Clement, Roseboro, Clinton-Sampson Rescue and EMS and Garland. Harrells had a volunteer squad, but it’s no longer in existence.
The Sampson County Fire Honor Guard and the Sampson County Rescue and EMS Association Honor Guards will participate together for the tribute. A wreath will be placed on the monument personnel who died during the dedication.
“I think it’s important for the community to come out and support it because it gives honor to those who have volunteered over the years, away from home,” Troublefield said about the sacrifices made by the volunteers. “It shows appreciation for those men and women who have sacrificed so much over the years.”
Along with not getting a regular salary, Troublefield mentioned how the volunteers are pulled away from their families to help during emergencies.
“You may be at the supper table and your pager go off and you have t0 leave …,” he said. “You may have a call during the night and then you have to go to work the next morning. It’s a sacrifice for those individuals to have done this.
Troublefield said the $3,500 monument is complete and will be erected a week before the ceremony at the Sampson County Emergency Management building.
“Hopefully, we’ll see a good outpouring from the community during the dedication service,” he said. “We realize that it’s during the holiday weekend (Thanksgiving) and a lot of people are off, so it’s a good time for them to come out. We’re really proud of it.”
A plaque featuring the names of the donors will be placed inside the emergency management office.
“We had great support for the businesses who have donated towards the memorial,” Troublefield said.