United Way, Kempton Chevrolet help the Search and Rescue mission

Ron Glaspie receives a check for $46,000 from United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties CEO Adam O'Doherty and Kempton Chevrolet's Kip Kempton for the purchase and outfitting of a new rescue vehicle. - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Graham County Search and Rescue got some help from United Way of Graham and Greenlee Counties and Kempton Chevrolet to acquire a new truck for rescues.

“This one is going to give us the power and the capacity to haul five people in it and go on a rescue, instead of our old truck (in which only) two people were in it,” said Search and Rescue’s Ronnie Glaspie. “So for personnel and all of our equipment, we’ll be able to get there.”

United Way provided Search and Rescue with a $46,000 grant, which the volunteer organization was able to use to purchase from Kempton Chevrolet a Chevrolet Duromax 3/4 ton with long wheel base. It was outfitted with help from Trek RV, which provided the bed top; CMI provided the wrapping of the truck; and Priority One was the supplier on the lights and radios.