Davidson County Rescue Squad faces foreclosure

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. -- A group that normally serves the community now needs residents to return the favor.

The Davidson County Rescue Squad’s headquarters faces foreclosure and they only have about a month to save it.

"We can't keep up with our mortgage payment and now the bank has called that loan," said Reggie Lookabill, the board president of the rescue squad. "They want it paid in full."

The 75-year-old volunteer group assists the community in a number of ways, from water rescues to community events and even assisting first responders.
The group has four buildings, but the one on W. 9th Avenue is the biggest so it will be the greatest loss.

"We maintain our first aid supplies out of this building," Lookabill said. "Any extra personal protective equipment for the members that we might have is housed at this building, so this is a very important building for us."

Lookabill says money has been an issue for a while, but recently a significant amount of their funding was cut. Now, they owe more than $200,000 to the bank.

"Our workers insurance for 60+ members, our vehicle insurance and our mortgage reality insurance and everything... it's finally caught up," Lookabill said.

Community members don't want to see the response diminish.

"Their job is very difficult, all the work that they have to put into it. I know I feel safer with them," said Jim Curry, a Lexington resident.

"To even think about their main headquarters closing would be a great loss to the county," said Kimberly Davis, a Davidson County resident.

First responders in the county also don't want to see the group suffer.

"If we lose the rescue squad it makes it very difficult for us to do our job," said Lt. Chris Leonard with the Lexington Police Department. "They provide the support that we need a lot of times."

The president of the board says the rescue squad usually gets it’s funding from the county, local organizations and donations.

Anyone interested in helping out should contact them directly at (336) 249-9337.