Jones recognizes rescue team

From left, state Rep. Stewart Jones presents Steve Arsenault (Chief of Western Laurens FD), Cheryl Phillips (Ware Shoals FD), Lance Roper (Chief of Hickory Tavern) and Matthew Hughes (Assistant Chief of Western Laurens FD) certificates of recognition from the S.C. House of Representatives.

State Rep. Stewart Jones (R-Laurens and Greenwood) visited with the Laurens County Swiftwater Rescue Team on Aug. 30 to officially recognize the volunteers for more than 10 years of service to Laurens, Greenwood, Anderson and Spartanburg counties.

“We the People, of the 14th District of South Carolina and surrounding areas, are grateful for the dedication and support of the members of the Laurens County Water Rescue Team.”

Here’s the text of the certificates:

“After seeing a need these volunteers and leaders in our community formed a team that could help anyone involved in an emergency or life-threatening situation due to a flood, potential drowning or another natural disaster. The Laurens County Water Rescue Team was formed in 2006 by the Western Laurens Fire Department, Ware Shoals Fire Department, and the Hickory Tavern Fire Department. Since it’s a humble beginning, the Swift Water Rescue Team has performed search and rescue incidents in Laurens, Greenwood, Anderson and Spartanburg Counties during floods and other scenarios involving lost or drowned persons. Including rescue missions on Saluda, Reedy and Enoree Rivers, and Lake Greenwood. In the last 5 years, the volunteers of the Laurens County Water Rescue Team have also assisted in 3 Hurricane deployments within South Carolina, evacuating around 100 citizens from floodwaters. The team is now comprised of the Volunteer Department of Greenpond FD, Hickory Tavern FD, and Western Laurens FD, as well as, Laurens County EMS. Volunteers dedicate their time and resources to these events and maintaining their Water Rescue certification. We the People, of the 14th District of South Carolina and surrounding areas, are grateful for the dedication and support of the members of the Laurens County Water Rescue Team. Therefore, We the members of the House of Reps for the state of South Carolina thank and recognize the members of the Laurens County Water Rescue Team today August 30, 2019.”

Submitted by Sewart Jones