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The Rowan County Rescue Squad is proud to have 3 Full-time Employees, Part-time Employees and Volunteer Members. Our people make our organization what it is!  Listed below is our Administrative and Support Staff chart.


Chief 910


Bobby Parnell


Asst. Chief 9200

Dell Blevins




Spec Ops 9201

John Weddington

Spec Ops 9202

Kevin Dodd


Captain 9101

Chad LaTurno

Captain 9102

Jessica Grisham

Captain 9103

 Davi Earnhardt

David "Davi" Earnhardt

Captain 9104


Bradley Dean


 Lieutenant 9105

Rocky Fields

Lieutenant 9106

Isaac Whitmore

 Lieutenant 9205

Nick Barlow







 Dive Team

Coordinator 9300




The Rowan County Rescue Squad Headquarters are located at 1140 Julian Road, conveniently located just off of Interstate 85 near Salisbury, North Carolina.

Station 91
Rowan County Rescue Squad Headquarters
1140 Julian Rd
Salisbury, NC

Rowan County Rescue Squad China Grove
Station 94
Rowan County Rescue Squad China Grove Base
401 N Main St
China Grove, NC



On May 31, 1951 a Boyden High School student attempted to swim across American Quarry in Granite Quarry and did not make it.  For 12 days, hundreds of people traveled to the quarry to watch volunteers try to locate the teen’s body.

With the blessing of the late Sheriff Arthur Shuping, Fannie Gobble, Mary Beaver, and Maud Crook began a campaign at the quarry that would lead to the establishment of the Rowan County Rescue Squad.
Their campaigning efforts raised $1,103.00. (A large sum for 1951)

Though some of the early squad records have disappeared, it is known that the squad received its charter July 23, 1951.
Initial officers included:

  • G.F. Schott, President
  • W. Oakes, Vice President
  • M. Andrews, Secretary
  • Maud Crook, Treasurer
  • John Kesler, Legal Adviser
  • Fannie Gobble, Publicity Chairman
  • M.M. Bonzo, Training Director
  • R.B. Wright Jr., Medical Advisor

Andrews, Shuping, Oakes and H.P. Newman made up the equipment committee.

Early interest in the squad was weak and minimal equipment was purchased within the first year of being established. 
In June of 1952, two Salisbury men drowned in the Yadkin River near Long Ferry Road. Units from Lexington and Greensboro were called in to assist Rowan County due to the lack of equipment present and available within the Rowan County departments.
This incident not only raised awareness for the need of rescue volunteers, but also helped push for the purchase of more technical equipment for the Rescue Squad.

At the Lions Bowl Parade in 1952, the squad’s first equipment was displayed; one truck, one boat, and a small amount of rescue equipment/tools.
An ambulance was purchased a short time later.

Since 1952, the Rescue Squad has grown to be a prominent responding agency to all specialized rescue attempts within the county.
There have been fluctuating numbers for apparatus and stations held by the Rowan County Rescue Squad.  This has been due to this agency matching the county’s needs.
During Coyt Karriker’s term as Station Chief, the Rowan Rescue Squad was providing Advanced Life Support- Emergency Medical Care to the entirety of Rowan County, assisting RCEMS.

The Rescue Squad currently houses four rescue trucks, two ambulances, one mobile air supply truck, one airboat, two small watercraft, one pontoon, one specialized cribbing/lumber trailer, one rescue dive response trailer, one structural collapse and USAR trailer, one Water/SAR response vehicle, and two general transport vehicles. 

With approximately 60 members, the Rowan Rescue Squad is continuing to grow and support the community. 


At the Lions Bowl Parade in 1952, the squad’s first equipment – a truck, a boat and small rescue equipment – was displayed. An ambulance was purchased a short time later. During fund raising efforts, the ambulance and earlier equipment were displayed on South Main on Saturdays as volunteers accepted cash donations for the squad.


Thank you for your interest in joining the Rowan County Rescue Squad. We welcome all interested applicants over the age of 18 and preferably a resident of Rowan County.

The following steps outline the steps involved in the application process:

  • Download and complete our Membership Application

  • Appear before the Personnel Committee for interview and introduction

  • Upon approval for membership by the Personnel Committee the applicant must attend two business or training meetings to meet other members

  • Following the two meetings, each applicant will be presented to the entire membership for acceptance

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a letter confirming receipt and you will then be called to setup an interview with our Personnel Board.

When you become a member of Rowan County Rescue Squad you must contribute 150 hours of annual service to the organization contributed from training events, stand-by events (including eight hours of weekend stand-by each month), and calls for service.

Should you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. Thank you, again, for your interest in the Rowan County Rescue Squad.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Rowan County Rescue Squad

1140 Julian Rd.

Salisbury NC, 28146