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First responders party in their Halloween fines
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Emergency assistance team members, friends, family members and other party-goers pose for a photo during the group’s Halloween party fundraiser. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
The multi-county emergency assistance team got into the Halloween spirit Oct. 24 to raise money for their campaign to assist first responders on emergency calls.
A costume party in Gum Branch began at 7 p.m. and the good times didn’t stop until midnight. Attendees donated $10 each to eat all the hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, baked beans, cake and pie the wanted.
Most party-goers stuck to a King Arthur’s court theme, dressing as knights. There also were two pirates from the Caribbean, a doctor from Marcus Welby and several witches and goblins.
Lamar Cook set up a karaoke machine and started the night out with a tune. Before long, many other, would-be American Idols were singing their hearts out.
The emergency assistance team, which was created in 2007, helps firefighters, police officers and EMS personnel during emergency calls that last for an extended period of time.
The team has assisted on calls in Liberty, Ware, Tattnall, Bryan and Long counties. The group sets up stations on emergency scenes to provide meals and drinks to  personnel.
In 2008, the team assisted on several calls, including structure fires in Liberty and Long counties, and a vehicle accident in Long County.
“I think they do a good job. You always hear about how they are helping some fire department out. People need to come to their fundraisers. We always have a good time, and they’re for a good cause,” said Carol Brady, who was dressed as a goddess.
Another party-goer, Vicky Raymer, agreed with Brady that the team’s efforts are important.
“It’s awesome what they do, I really commend them, because they are helping those people who help us; they are appreciated,” said Raymer, who came as Frankenstein’s bride.
The emergency assistance team is a nonprofit organization that gets no funding through any city or county, and currently is self-sufficient. According to team president Wendy Newton, the group operates solely on fundraisers, which they hold occasionally.
In February, the team holds a sweetheart dinner and dance and in June, they held a pancake and sausage dinner. In the future, they are planning a ’50s sock hop.
Newton said the group does the best it can, but the finances are hard to manage.
For more information on the emergency assistance team or to donate, call
Newton at 977-2235, or send correspondence to Emergency Rescue Team, 189 John Wells Road, Hinesville, GA 31313.
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