Caraway Auction exceeds $11,000
The Caraway Ambulance Service raised over $11,000 at their annual auction held Saturday.
"We are so thankful for the community of supporters who came out and purchased items during our auction," said Roger Adcock, Ambulance Service director. "We depend on the money raised during this fundraiser to keep us going."
One of the largest ticket items at the auction was a duck print, which went for $500.
Ambulance personnel sold 140 boston butts, which they cooked in a specialized charcoal cooker at the ambulance bay downtown.
"Ronald Gipson and Fred Couch designed and built a large cooker, with a capacity of cooking 160 boston butts at one time," Adcock said. "They loan the cooker to us for use each year. We began cooking the boston butts at midnight on Friday and were finished by 11 a.m. on Saturday. We stay with the operation through the night, in order to have them ready by auction time."
The auction was such a huge success in 1988, when it began, that the service has continued it ever since. The first item they purchased was a jaws-of-life.
Adcock has served as director since 1993. Fifteen EMTs and five drivers volunteer their services. The service responds to 911 calls.
Caraway Ambulance Service EMTs include Adcock, Barry Riley, Flora Rhodes, Bo James, Chuck Nichols, Scott Browning, Chad Timms, Paula Timms, Jeff Rea, Saneita Rea, Tysha Keasler, Shaine Keasler, Rhonda Gipson, Kevin Tucker, and Ronnie Juynor. Ambulance drivers are Jerry Stokes, Sue Simpson, Meral Langston, Al Lunsford, and Brian Clark.
Billy Harrell, Todd Emerson, and Mike Adams served as auctioneers for the event.