The small community of Echo was in danger of losing its volunteer rescue squad early last year. Thursday, the squad which serves rural Northern Dale County, is stronger than ever, thanks to renewed community support and some assistance from the government.
Alabama Congressman Terry Everett, of Rehobeth, helped the squad secure a low interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
With the money, the rescue squad has been able to replace a 1983 ambulance with a 2000 model. They also now have a new stretcher and other life-saving equipment.
But, the volunteers are still trying to raise money to have a permanent building constructed and purchase a new defibrillator.