Cave Spring Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary President Passes Away

Sharon Karlet Campbell, President of the Cave Spring Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary passed away on Sunday, October 25th.

Sharon joined the Cave Spring Rescue Squad family in October of 1971. In addition to serving the community in the Auxiliary, she also provided emergency medical care as a Shock Trauma Technician member of the Cave Spring Rescue Squad in the late 1970’s and into the early 1980’s. In her 44 year membership, Sharon held offices of Chaplain, Secretary, Historian, Vice President, and served as the President of the CSRS Auxiliary for more than 20 years. She is well known for her organization of the biannual Chicken BBQ fundraiser.

Sharon was a leader in the CSRS Auxiliary along with providing leadership to the Southcentral District and state level Auxiliary to the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (AVAVRS). She served in every office at all three levels and most recently completed a two-year term as the President of the AVAVRS.

Her dedication to the local crew was unwavering even through multiple recent illnesses.

Visitation with the family will be held Thursday, October 20th from 4-7 pm, Church of the Holy Spirit, 6011 Merriman Roan, Roanoke, VA 24018 and a celebration of her life will be held at the church on Friday, October 30th at 1 pm with processional to Sherwood Memorial Park, 1045 Lynchburg Turnpike, Salem, VA 24153 following. After the graveside service a reception in Sharon’s honor will be held at the Church of the Holy Spirit at 4 pm.

Pink Uniform Shirts

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cave Spring Rescue Squad has adopted a new uniform. For the month of October, members will be wearing new bright pink t-shirts. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The best way to fight breast cancer is to have a plan that helps you detect the disease in its early stages. Check out the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s Early Detection Plan for more information.

To learn more about about breast cancer, read the materials at

Fall BBQ – October 10th

Our Fall Chicken BBQ will be Saturday, October 10th from 4-7pm. Each meal will include 1/2 a chicken, cole slaw, green beans and a roll and costs $8. There will also be a bake sale in the upstairs meeting room. You can eat in, or carry the meals home. To make a reservation, come by the crew hall (3206 Valley Forge Ave).

The BBQ was originally scheduled for October 3rd, but was postponed due to the weather.

Fall BBQ – October 3rd (Postponed)

Our Fall Chicken BBQ will be Saturday, October 3rd (postponed to the 10th). Each meal will include 1/2 a chicken, cole slaw, green beans and a roll and costs $8. There will also be a bake sale in the upstairs meeting room. You can eat in, or carry the meals home. To make a reservation, come by the crew hall (3206 Valley Forge Ave) today.

Cave Spring Rescue Squad Puts New Ambulance Into Service

Cave Spring Rescue Squad is now providing emergency medical services to Roanoke County citizens with a brand new ambulance. The new ambulance’s identification number is 32.

The ambulance cost more than $195,000. The Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services provided a grant from the Rescue Squad Assistance Fund that contributed $84,950 towards the cost of the ambulance. The Cave Spring Rescue Squad Auxiliary also contributed financially to the cost and provided some new equipment to be used on the vehicle. The rest of the ambulance’s cost was raised primarily by donations from community members over the past several years.

The cost of the ambulance itself does not include the cost of installed equipment and available supplies stored on the vehicle. The equipment and supplies are valued at around $75,000.

The ambulance is fitted with a new safety device, the Howler. The Howler is a low frequency tone siren. When the Howler is activated, vehicles in front of the ambulance will hear and feel the siren, allowing the ambulance to respond more safely and quickly to calls for medical assistance.

Cave Spring Rescue Squad started the process for obtaining a new ambulance in September 2013. The new ambulance was delivered in January 2015. Medical equipment and supplies were installed on the ambulance and it was placed into service on February 24.

The chassis is a 2015 Ford F-450. The body was manufactured by Excellance in Madison, Ala.

Six Winter Weather Life Hacks

  1. Spray nonstick cooking spray on your snow shovel to help keep the snow from sticking to the shovel.
  2. Shovel the street to the left of your driveway to make a smaller line of snow blocking your driveway when your street gets plowed.
  3. Shovel your sidewalk/driveway as soon as you can after the snow has stopped. It’s lighter than waiting until the snow has melted and refroze.
  4. Fill your car’s gas tank before the storm. The extra weight helps get you traction when driving in ice and snow.
  5. Put a bag of kitty litter in your trunk. Again, the extra weight is useful, plus you can use the litter to help get you out of an icy spot when your wheels are spinning.
  6. Pull into your driveway or a parking space backwards. If you need to get jump-started (or towed!) it’s better for the tow truck to have access to the front of your car.

Emergency Medical Technician Course

Hosted at: Cave Spring Volunteer Rescue Squad 3206 Valley Forge Ave, Roanoke, VA 24018

Registration meeting: January 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm

Course start date: January 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm

State test date: May 16, 2015 (anticipated)

Class dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm with occasional Saturdays

Text: Prehospital Emergency Care 10th Edition by Mistovich, Karren and Hafen

Fees: $200 for course (includes text book, on-line content, supplies) due on first day with additional $50 state test fee due by April 21, 2015


  • At least 16 years of age as of January 19, 2015
  • Hold current CPR card in approved course

For more information:
Call: (540) 772-2943

Donate Online Now!

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We rely on your continued financial support to provide quality medical care within this community. Thank you for allowing us to serve you for over 50 years.