EMS Auction nets $15,732

Friday, February 27, 2004
Greg Miller of Leachville added to his collection of DU prints from the Buffalo Island EMS auction. The print was donated by Heritage Bank. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Supporters of the Buffalo Island EMS Ambulance Service attended the annual EMS auction Saturday showing their support by raising $15,732.04. The event was held at the BIC elementary school cafeteria in Monette. Area businesses and individuals donated a large variety of items to be auctioned. There was something for everyone.

Auctioneers Captain Lovell, Bill Harrell and Jim Grisham, along with other volunteers Jodie Brown, director of Buffalo Island EMS, Board member Tink Wimberly, and ambulance driver Chris Nuckles and other helped keep the bidding lively. Other board members include Moba Lee Miller, Tammy Rolland, Marvin Brown and Dick Pace.

Those attending were not looking for a bargain, but there to help continue the ambulance service that has been a part of the community since 1979.

"We are fortunate to have the ambulance service here. They do an outstanding job," Brown said.

The ambulance service is based in Monette and serves the Monette/Leachville area as well as the surrounding communities when it is needed.

In addition to the auction, Boston butts were barbecued sold, along with barbecue sandwiches. The concession consisted of sandwiches and a variety of home baked items.

A 27" color television was donated by Robertson Brothers Furniture and was given away at the end of the auction. The winner was Captain Lovell.

A plaque was presented to Virginia Pittman for her years of service to the Buffalo Island Ambulance service, 1980-2003.

Pittman remembers going to school to become an EMT. She and Edna Mae Qualls went together.

"Dr. Parten was in our class, also," Pittman said. "When we started, we had a volunteer driver and one EMT."

Pittman said the plaque was a surprise.

"I enjoyed the years I worked on the ambulance," Pittman said.

Pittman also retired in January as District Commission of softball, a position that she has held for many years.

Director Jodie Brown presented the plaque to Pittman with the boards and community's appreciation for her years of service and dedication to Buffalo Island EMS.

"The auction is successful because of the community support. We appreciate everyone that takes part," Mrs. Miller said.

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