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monds family is probably
holes dug and poles set for
going to need that service."
signage, a windsock and a
Because Wesco is near
chain barrier. For that, the
an intersection of serSteelville district turned
vice territories, Crawford
to a trusted friend - their
sought additional assislocal electric cooperative.
tance from Intercounty
In fact, Steelville
Electric Cooperative. The
Ambulance District is
project became the perfect
more than a member of
opportunity for the co-ops
their co-op. The two often
to demonstrate two coopfind themselves partnered
erative principles: Comtogether when it comes
mitment to Community
to disaster preparedness
and Cooperation Among
planning or helping the
Cooperatives. Crawford
victims of structure fires.
donated poles, and on a
"They've actually used
winter's day in 2018 both
our co-op for a landing
co-ops provided linemen
pad," adds Genifer Cape,
Crawford and Intercounty linemen teamed up to set poles for the landing
and digger trucks to ascommunity relations repzone's chain barrier, above, and the windsock and sign, below.
semble the signage, windresentative for Crawford
sock and chain barrier.
Electric. "When they asked
Billy Cordsmeyer, district supervisor for Intercounty,
us to help, it was about commitment to community. This is
said the new pad provides a lifeline for residents, linemen
going to change the lives of many people."
and other first responders working in a remote area where
With the addition of the Wesco pad, a Steelville amburadio service and cellular signals aren't easy to find.
lance can bypass a trip to the Cuba Municipal Airport -
"For us it's a great thing," Billy says. "God forbid, but
almost 30 minutes away - or Crawford's headquarters in
if someone on a crew got hurt - and for the locals it's the
Bourbon - 40 minutes away - and save significant time
same thing - if you could safely move them, now you can
during a life-threatening emergency.
meet the helicopter. I hope they never have to use it, but I
Tammy Hammonds lives roughly 2 miles from the new
am glad it's there if they do."
landing zone and knows firsthand how important it will be
When the ribbon was cut on the Wesco pad last fall, it
for the community. Living with the complications of heart
marked the end of a five-year mission for Bill Patt, who
disease and residing 13 miles from town, Tammy worked
wanted to retire leaving no project unfinished. More imporwith Bill and the Steelville district to create a plan of action
tantly, he says the Steelville Ambulance District is better
in case she needed emergency medical care. Both she and
able to serve its community - a task that took teamwork
her mother-in-law, Delores Hammonds, have required the
with the electric co-ops to see things through to the end.
helicopter's services, and she's grateful that the ambulance
"They went out of their way to make a difference in their
district and co-ops addressed that need in Wesco.
community," Bill says. "They've always helped, and they've
"It's like having an insurance policy," the Crawford
always wanted to help."
Electric Cooperative member says. "It's comforting to know
that if anything happens out here on the farm, we have
To contact the Steelville Ambulance District, call 573-775that resource and they can be here in a flash. We have a
2211 or follow them on Facebook.
very big family, so I know at some point in time the Ham-



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