Chillicothe Mayoral Candidates speak out about Ambulance Rescue 33

By WEEK Reporter

April 4, 2013 Updated Apr 4, 2013 at 10:54 PM CDT

CHILLICOTHE, Ill. -- With a new name, new board of directors, and strategy Ambulance Rescue 33 remains a hot topic among Chillicothe's Mayoral Candidates.

Mayor Troy Childers is not seeking re-election.

Vying for his seat, is Don White, Doug Crew, and Sandi Levell.

Earlier this week the outgoing mayor expressed his disappointment with the newly re-named Ambulance Rescue 33, for their lack of transparency.

The service had its license revoked last summer, now with a new board the organization is applying for reinstatement as a "basic life support service."

Chillicothe's mayoral candidates each view the service as a necessity to the community, but have differing views how to proceed.

My thought is to partner AMT, an in-compliance quality operation, with Rescue 33 so Rescue 33 can be in operations, meet compliance, and perhaps AMT could pull out of town," said Candidate, Don White.

"I can't advocate for anything other than the best in service. That's police protection, that's fire protection, that's emergency response system. I encourage Rescue 33 to take a look at a business plan that allows for them to come back as a full paramedic service," remarked Candidate, Doug Crew.

"I've always been 100% behind Rescue 33. Do they need to change, yes they do, they needed to change and I think they will and I think the city and the community should support them and help them change and continue because they've been here forever," said Candidate, Sani Levell.

The consolidated elections are next Tuesday.

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