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Frankfort, KY – Civil Air Patrol Frankfort Squadron’s Owenton Flight went on a field trip to Owen County EMS last Thursday night. EMT Rucker, Paramedic Emily Kercheval, and Fire Chief Rob Chaney gave a tour of the facility and one of the ambulances. The EMS crew
demonstrated life saving techniques on a training dummy and gave the cadets a hands on experience that was top notch.

The evening started with a tour of the ambulance. Not all of the eighteen cadets in
attendance could squeeze into the main compartment but most did. EMT Rucker
explained some of the gear and life saving tools used to do their job.

Then the cadets were taken to the training room where EMT Rucker and Paramedic
Kercheval pulled out more tools and demonstrated them on their very life-like training
dummy. Then they taught and allowed the cadets to put in several different airways on
the dummy. This was a huge opportunity to get hands-on experience that could impact
the cadets career choices.

C/TSgt Savannah Hubbuch comments, “I was never really interested in the medical field
before the visit. Sitting there listening and seeing all the things the EMTs offered and
showed to us, it changed my mindset. It seems so rewarding to help people at any
moment. I’m grateful for the visit.”

We finished up with a tour of the living spaces and ended with questions for EMT
Rucker, Paramedic Kercheval, and Fire Chief Chaney. Much of the discussion was
centered on education and how important it is to learn as much as you can.

“You don’t know when you will have to access your memory for a bit of information you
learned to save someone’s life.” Rucker and Kercheval stated more than once.

The cadets were invited back to learn more.

Emergency services, Aerospace and Cadet Programs are the main components Civil Air
Patrol. The Cadet Program focuses on Leadership, Aerospace, Character Development,
Emergency Services, Drill and Ceremony, and Physical Training. The program centers
around its core values of Integrity, Volunteer Service, Excellence, and Respect. In the
cadet program, young adults get to experience flying, missions with emergency services,
develop leadership skills, and so much more. To join, a youth must be between 12-18
years old.

The main squadron, located in Frankfort next to Sonic, has both a cadet program and an
adult member program. The squadron has two additional flights, an adult flight in
Danville, and a cadet flight in Owenton. The Frankfort Composite Squadron was
established two years ago and is now the second largest cadet squadron in the state.
Frankfort cadets meet every Tuesday at the Kentucky Wing HQ next to Sonic from 5:00-
7:00. Owenton cadet flight meets every Thursday night at the Owen Middle School from
6:00-8:00. The adult meeting is every first and Third Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest
member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National
Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian
employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs
about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the
Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an
average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform
homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently
participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75
years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts
of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an
initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans.
Visit http://www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

Contact info: Ilse House – ilsehouse@yahoo.com – (606) 271-2092; See more pictures on Facebook.com/CivilAirPatrolFrankfort. For more information about Civil Air Patrol, visit http://www.GoCivilAirPatrol.com.

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