Local first responders raised more than $1,200 in donations during a car wash fundraiser that took place Saturday, to help one of their own pay medical bills after a sudden hospitalization.
The Town of Pembroke Fire Department and Pembroke Rescue & EMS coordinated the event that raised the money to help Pembroke Rescue paramedic Elory Locklear pay medical expenses, said Dustin Marcinsky, Pembroke Rescue lieutenant and Fire Department captain.
A “sudden onset” medical emergency caused Locklear to be hospitalized, according to Pembroke Rescue.
Thus, local first responders organized the event to serve the EMS worker who has helped save lives on the rescue squad for at least 10 years, Pembroke Rescue Chief Matt Locklear said. She has served in EMS for at least 20 years in total.
“She’s more than a friend, she’s family,” Marcinsky said.
The event took place Saturday at the fire department station on West Fourth Street.