Rescue Squad recognized for 35 years of service

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Executive Mike Gannon was on hand at the September 2013 Cannon County Rescue Squad meeting to congratulate its responders on 35 years of service.  During recent meetings, the Cannon County Commissioners, City of Auburntown Mayor and Aldermen, and the Woodbury Board of Mayor and Aldermen recognized the service of The Rescue Squad.  Each of these legislative branches of local government unanimously passed resolutions acknowledging the continued service of the Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc.

The Rescue Squad was formed in the late 1970s and was charted by the Tennessee Secretary of State on May 8, 1978.  For over 35 years, the Cannon County Rescue Squad, Inc. has been the agency to delivering rescue services to all of Cannon County.  Every day the Rescue Squad works hand-in-hand with all emergency services in Cannon County to help to protect lives and rescue accident victims.  

Almost every volunteer responder with the Rescue Squad is a responder with one of the local volunteer fire departments.  This close working relationship between departments has allowed for a coordinated response across all of Cannon County.  

The Rescue Squad is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives.  Through community support The Rescue Squad was able to purchase its first world famous Jaws-of-Life in 1979.  Along with the Rescue Squad, The Fire Departments play a key role in successful missions every day in Cannon County.

The Rescue Squad started with little more than a vision to provide rescue services to the citizens of Cannon County.  According to charter members, the very first rescue vehicle was an old worn-out station wagon.  Later, the Squad acquitted a pick-up truck with a utility bed attached and converted it to a rescue response vehicle.    

Now, the Rescue Squad has two extrication trucks, a mobile command trailer, two support vehicles, a Polaris Ranger, and various rescue tools.  Michael Underhill, the Chief Executive Office of the Rescue Squad said, "We have worked hard to improve the Squad in recent years.  "We have made it better for the benefit of Cannon County". 

The Rescue Squad is funded primarily through fundraising and donations.  The Squad would like to thank everyone that supports the organization every year.  We would like to thank our volunteer rescue responders for giving their time to provide these vital services to our communities.  Equipment is what the Rescue Squad has; our responders are what make our Squad a great organization.

For more info. about the Rescue Squad, visit

For more information on volunteering, please contact Captain Michael Underhill at or by calling 615-904-5002.

For more information on gift giving opportunities, please contact Chief Operating Officer Tim Bell at or by calling 615-849-2730

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