Campbell Co. Rescue Squad Gets 'Lifesaving' Piece of Equipment

Campbell Co., VA - The Campbell County rescue squad got a huge donation from Firehouse Subs Wednesday.

The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation donated a Rescue 42 vehicle stabilization strut kit, worth more than $12,000. Firefighters say it's used to stabilize overturned vehicles and collapsed structures.

For the owner of Firehouse Subs off Wards Road, the donation was personal.

Doug Griffith helped present the equipment to the Campbell County Rescue Squad, bringing him back to a day two years ago.

"I passed out. I didn't know what happened," Griffith recalled.

After eating red meat, he went into anaphylactic shock, the food allergy caused by a tick bite.

"My wife called Campbell County Rescue Squad and they were able to get to my house in four minutes," Griffith added.

He got to thank the Campbell County rescuers in person. The presentation was held in the parking lot of the Firehouse Subs that he owns.

The Executive Director of Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was also on hand for the ceremony.

"We're really committed to providing first responders as well as well as public safety organizations with life saving equipment," explained Robin Peters.

Lieutenant Steve Coleman applied for the grant over the summer and found out they'd received it just recently.

"They asked could we be available on September 11th. I don't think it took 30 seconds to reply back, 'Yeah, we'll be there," Coleman said.

"These guys mean a lot to me and it was very nice that the foundation was able to provide them with the equipment that they need," added Griffith.

He's now working with the Campbell County Rescue Squad to try and find out which of their first responders saved his life.

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