The Newport Rescue Squad held its 62nd annual banquet Friday evening with State Rep. Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) as keynote speaker.
Capt. Clifton “Pud” Valentine told the audience the local squad responded to 406 calls and provided 3,371 volunteer hours in the past year.
J.C. Hill was recognized for 55 years of service to the agency.
Cocke County Mayor Crystal Ottinger presented a check for $25,000, and Newport Mayor Roland “Trey” Dykes gave the organization a check for $12,000.
Faison applauded the squad members for the good service they provide to the community.
He remembered the church bus crash on Interstate 40 in 2013, and the assistance local rescue squads provided at the scene.
“You guys go in the middle of danger, and you keep your head about you. You enjoy what you are doing, and you save lives. For the rest of you watching, you use things that the rest of us would never have thought of.”
Faison pointed out all of the squad members he knows seem dedicated to helping the community.
“And I just want you to know, even though you may not hear it a lot, but people are thankful for what you do, and give of yourself. There is a chance some of us will go through life and never need you, but there’s a chance that some of us, or someone we love will need you, and we are glad that when we need you, you are there.”