The Buffalo Island Emergency Medical Service (EMS) has been serving the area for over 20 years. The ambulance is based in Monette and serves Monette, Leachville and the surrounding area.
The annual EMS auction is the major fund-raising event that helps support the service. The auction for 2002 will be held Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Buffalo Island Central school cafeteria on the Monette campus.
The auction gives supporters the opportunity to show their appreciation and donate to a good cause. Items are donated by individuals and businesses to be auctioned and all proceeds go to the ambulance service.
"This ambulance serves the nursing home at Monette, the community of Monette and Leachville and goes to Manila when they are needed," Jodie Brown, EMS Director, said. "We appreciate the support that we get from the communities. We are fortunate to have the service here. They have saved a lot of lives through the years. In addition to the auction, there is always a lot of homemade cakes, pies, soft drinks and food available throughout the day. On an average year the auction raises approximately $20,000."
Brown praised the Monette ambulance staff that do a great job. Virginia Pittman, EMT, has been with the ambulance service since the beginning. Others include Jeff Rea, Saneita Brothers, Andy Fletcher, Kristen Johnson, MichaelJohnson, Ken Love and Billy Ray Tilley.
The annual auction has a variety of items from homemade quilts to miniature farm equipment.