03/09/14 486 W, 1 I - + 7 - 2 Goldsboro Rescue Squad Member Killed when Car Runs into Rescue Vehicle - November 8, 1976

Found this while looking for things. As reported by the News & Observer on November 8, 1976, Goldsboro Rescue Squad member Kenneth Lee Davis was killed early Sunday morning, November 7, when his "rescue van" was struck by a passenger car. At 2:50 a.m., the automobile ran a stop sign at the intersection of New Hope Road and State Road 1709. The rescue squad vehicle, with three members, was returning from a call.

The squad unit was traveling west on New Hope Road and was struck in the driver's side door. The car reported ran the stop sign at a high rate of speed. The force of the impact caused the rescue unit to roll more than 65 feet. Both vehicles traveled into a yard and struck a parked car. Davis, 27, was driving the rescue truck. He was killed, along two teenaged male occupants of the automobile.

Two other squad members were injured: Bobby Braswell, 25, sustained leg, neck, and head injuries. He was listed in serious condition at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh. Kenneth Satterfield, 26, sustained chest injuries and was reported in satisfactory condition at Wayne Memorial Hospital. (Driving distance to the Raleigh hospital, using routes available at the time, is about 60 miles.)

Davis was the squad's second member to die on duty that year. James M. Hickman died on March 28, 1976, while attempting to rescue three fisherman after their boat capsized below the Fish Ladder Dam on the Neuse River. The details of Hickman's death is listed on this page of the National EMS Memorial Service. See all honorees, sorted by state

The site notes about Davis that he worked for the city of Goldsboro as a draftsman in the engineering department. He was a volunteer EMT for Goldsboro Rescue Squad. His other volunteer duties with his rescue squad included rescue driver, Secretary, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, and a member of the North Carolina Rescue Association. He received posthumously the Medal of Valor.

Twenty-eight members of the emergency medical service from North Carolina have been honored by the National EMS Memorial Service. Most of the deaths involved transportation accidents, including ground vehicle collisions and impacts, as well as helicopter crashes. Haven't parsed the data to determine the number of ambulance or rescue truck crashes.

The Goldsboro Rescue Squad was chartered in January 1972. They changed their name to Goldsboro Rescue Squad and Emergency Medical Services in April 1989. The corporation is still listed as active, though it appears Wayne County EMS is the predominant provider in those parts. They were created in October 2001, and merged their EMS services with the Goldsboro Fire Department in October 2002.
Update: From this Goldsboro Daily News story dated April 23, 2013, the squad was organized twenty years prior to its state charter in October 1952. And it celebrated its 60th anniversary last year, in a celebration at the Wayne Shrine Club in Dudley.

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