- Associated Press - Monday, May 30, 2016

STICKNEY, S.D. (AP) - The fire department in the small Aurora County town of Stickney has raised more than $30,000 to start an ambulance service.

The service began operating in May, responding to emergency calls in town and the surrounding rural area. Before that, the nearest ambulance was 10 miles away in Plankinton, and it responded to about a dozen calls a year in Stickney, The Daily Republic newspaper reported (https://bit.ly/1X8uz6h ).

“When minutes count, it’s a matter of life and death if somebody is having a heart attack,” Ambulance Director Cherie Sauvage said.

The Stickney ambulance service is staffed by 10 firefighters and community residents who are certified as medics.

“It’s everything we expected it to be,” Sauvage said. “It’s a lot of nerves and a lot of learning how to work together, but everyone has done a great job so far.”

An open house was held earlier this month to thank the community of about 285 people for its support. Residents could “see where all of that money went and how excited we all are about it,” Sauvage said.

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Information from: The Daily Republic, https://www.mitchellrepublic.com


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