Rescue Squad Equipment Seized
The Etowah County Rescue Squad which has been working with law enforcement in the county for more than 50 years has equipment seized by the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office. Equipment assigned by the state's Homeland Security Division to the Etowah County Rescue Squad has been repossessed two months after the drowning death of a rescue squad volunteer. Etowah County Chief Deputy Michael Barton told the Etowah County Commission on Tuesday that the decision was made after several agencies decided to stop using the rescue squad's services. Also, three members of the agency had to turn in their id cards. TV24 spoke to Rescue Squad Captain David Kelton. On April 25, 46-year-old Vicky B. Ryan, a member of the rescue squad, drowned during a mission on Big Wills Creek. Ryan was searching for the body of a kayaker who had gone missing in the water that morning. Ryan's team had been told not to go in the water. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Trooper Curtis Summerville says the investigation is ongoing. The investigation into the Big Wills Creek incident will likely head to a grand jury in September.