A breakfast fundraiser was held in Joplin today to support the Newton County Rescue and Recovery. People donated to the rescue team by buying pancakes and biscuits and gravy at the Christ’s Community Church.
Newton County Rescue and Recovery officials said the proceeds from the fundraiser go towards new inflatable rescue boards. They said the volunteer agency experienced a large increase in water rescues this past year and new equipment is needed to help rescuers complete tasks safely and quickly.
“We’re a very low-key organization we go in and we help out other organizations do what we need to do to make the rescues happen, and we go home. And all the time is spent is time away from all of our rescuers from their families,” Newton County Rescue & Recovery Chief Justin Weston said.
Weston said he was pleased with today’s turnout and said it’s a great feeling knowing the community stands behind the agency.