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There are so many worthwhile causes in Sampson, fundraisings that deserve our support, both in time, money and attendance.


One of those is Saturday’s concert to raise money for a helipad for the town of Roseboro.


Backed by the Roseboro Fire Department and such staunch business sponsors as Ford of Clinton, the event, featuring the vocals of Amanda Daughtry, will kick off at Sampson’s Agri-Exposition Center at 7 p.m.


This is far more than a concert, it is an effort to help save the lives of those in the small western Sampson County town and communities nearby, should the need ever arise.


As explained by Roseboro Fire Chief Bobby Owen, a helipad provides a site for an emergency aircraft to land, offering faster response to serious issues like wrecks, heart attacks and strokes, just to name a few.


Every second saved in transport time is valuable to someone who has few minutes to give in an emergency situation, and Roseboro fire officials understand it as good as anyone. That’s why they began backing the project some two years ago, and have already started work to raise the $30,000 to $35,000 needed to get the project on the ground.


And it’s why we urge support of this latest fundraising for the project, whether you live in Roseboro, Salemburg, Plain View, Clinton, Turkey or somewhere else within Sampson or beyond.


Community support for projects such as the helipad is vital, particularly given that frills like these — even though we consider it far more a need than a want — likely won’t get financial legs without the help of citizens who see its value.


Ford of Clinton’s Larry McPhail sees that need and is one of those offering support to ensure its success. There are others. All see the value in the helipad, and all understand that having such a site just might benefit someone they know or love one day.


As McPhail so aptly put it during an interview this week, “You just never know whose life might be saved because of this helipad.” And he’s right. No one knows. It’s just one of the reasons throwing whatever support you can behind it is valuable, not just to the project but to the community as a whole.


Meeting the needs of emergency responders is invaluable to any community, whether it’s purchasing a new fire truck or rescue vehicle, helping to fund a helipad or equipping an ambulance. While you hope and pray you and your loved ones will never need any of those things, one simply never knows who will and when.


But the truth is should that time ever come, we would want the latest technology, the quickest response time and the best assurance that the emergency need we have is met and met post haste.


That’s why supporting our fire departments, law enforcement and other emergency crews is so important, and that’s why we urge those who can to help support Saturday’s event.


Not only will you have a good time, you’ll be doing something that will benefit this county, its residents and those beyond our borders for a long time to come.


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