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Rescue Run benefits whole community

An event designed to recognize Oskaloosa’s volunteer firemen is doing the job and more.

The third annual Rescue Run is on Sept. 11 and for organizer Kim Shufflebarger recognizing the volunteers is still the number one goal.

“They’re taken very much for granted until you hear a siren going,” Shufflebarger said in explaining the need for the event. “You forget you have them almost.”

The Rescue Run also raises money to help the department make purchases that they might not otherwise make. Two years ago the event raised enough money to purchase a thermal imaging camera that Fire Chief Daryl Chess says is used on almost every call. Not only has the device saved lives but it also helps the department minimize damage when they do put out a fire by locating the source.

Chess said this year’s funds will be used to help finish a training center next to the fire station. Chess said the department of 19 volunteers has some new members and the facility could be utilized for training the new members.

Shufflebarger says that the volunteers at the department cannot be thanked enough, however, she also believes the Rescue Run is doing what she intended.

“I think it has done that,” she said. “When people talk about the Rescue Run it reminds them.”

Chess said that he puts in at least 30 hours a week at the department. A typical volunteer spends about eight to 10 hours a week depending on the volume of calls, but some volunteers put in more depending on their own personal time.

Shufflebarger said she doesn’t know what goes into the weekly routine of volunteers or how many hours they work nor can she begin to understand what drives volunteers to give. But she does know that they are special people.

“Usually people like that are big givers and they see the need,” she said. “They’re all like that.”

Chess said having an all volunteer organization requires some dedicated people. Many times when the weather starts getting bad volunteers will start showing up at the firehouse in anticipation of an emergency. If a volunteer needs to run to Lawrence for a couple of hours, everyone gets a text message.

Chess said that getting folks to volunteer is getting harder to do. Despite the long hours and work involved, there are moments when the hard work is rewarded.

“Kids will come up to you and say, ‘I know what to do. Stop. Drop. And roll,’” Chess said. “That kind of stuff makes it worth it.”

Details on the Rescue Run:

Pre-registration $18
Late or Day of $20
Day of registration 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

http://oskaloosarescuerun.giving.officelive.com/default.aspx

5-K Run 9 a.m.
One mile walk 9:10 a.m.
Free kids run 10 a.m.

email – oskierescuerun@yahoo.com
Telephone: 785-393-4484

by Dennis Sharkey

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