Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 13, 1972 · Page 4
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 13, 1972
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4 A-- Aug. 13, 1972 Sunday Gtuett*Mail . --- Oiwltiton, WtM Vlrtlfll* Storm Ahead for GOP Platform Group MIAMI BEACH. Fla.--Wi -- Adrastically reorganized ronvpn- who is point" to embarrass the h««n rplndatoH tn a suhrnm MIAMI BEACH, Fla.--w -- A .drastically reorganized conven- who is going to embarrass the i covert struggle between right-ttion format. | and left-wing Republicans for Rep . Donald W. Rieglc Jr of control of the party in 1976, Michigan complained to news- SHOWING OFF THE PRIDE OF WEST UNION Ambulance Part of Emergency Medical Service -AP Wirephoto EMERGENCY! West Union Took Matter Into Own Hands-It Worked By Michael Gerrard WEST UNION-W-This town Is only slightly too big for the "entering West Union" and the "leaving West Union" signs to be on the same pole. So that shining new $14,000 ambulance, sitting in the garage of the unpainted cinderblock building off Main Street, seems out of place. But the people who run it fit right in. They're men and women, aged 18 to 65 (the range would be wider, but for insurance problems). Most of them are present or retired workers, or their wives, in West Virginia's little-known oil industry. Or they work in one of the factories mountainous territory from the]qualify as emergency medical main road, when a piece of steel fell on him, breaking his leg in four places. Rhode^i co-workers radioed technicians. The oldest "EMI" Is 67; the youngest, 17. The middle range includes Robert Wagner, a tele- for the amb arrived, driven by volunteer Mary Jane Swiger, a young nurse at a hospital in the region. The ambulance could only make it to the mouth of the hollow. Junky Gain, who had been alerted by the sirens, wasn't far behind in his four- wheel-drive pickup truck. Even Jiat couldn't climb the hill, so a bulldozer towed the pickup and the volunteers to the scene of the accident. An air pressure around Clarksburg;, half an hour down Route 50, with its people a metropolis by compari- EJj son with the county seat of 1,140. splint was applied to the injured down the there, the volunteers in the am- man who serves as chairman of the Doddridge County Emergency Squad. Sitting at a card table in squad headquarters, dressed in a shortsleeve flannel shirt, Wagner proudly said, "When we started, they told us it would never work--with young people, and senior citizens, and men and women but we showed 'em." It worked so well, in fact, that the residents of West Union are now trying to raise $10,000 to buy another ambulance, to be sure no one is without emergen-] cy service when the first one is or on a run. when President Nixon steps out, will surface in GOP Platform and Rules Commitee hearings starting here Monday. The friction probably won't be permitted to mar the three-day show of televised unity and harmony with which the national convention, starting one week later, performs its 1972 business of renominating Nixon and adopting a Nixon-style platform. But there was preconvention infighting on two fronts which indicated that more storms are coming. Accusations were leveled and denied that the platform committee's agenda is j rigged against antiwar witnesses and in favor of the White House. And right-wing GOP forces launched an offensive to block rule changes that would open up the 1976 convention to more women, blacks and young people. ..SOME CONSERVATIONS alleged privately that the proposed party reforms were a ti- mebomb set to wreck the presidential chances of Vice President Spiro hence. Agnew four years But liberals say they fear for the future of the GOP if it fails to open its doors to the deprived, the dissenters and the disenchanted as the Democrats did in cross-country platform hearings this summer and in a men that most spokesmen for civil rights, peace in Vietnam and the viewpoints of young people would be unable to appear before the full 108-member GOP Platform Committee. The full committee will take the testimony only in the mornings, Monday through Thursday It will hear cabinet officers and other principal witnesses, and Riegle said that these will say what the White House wants the country to hear. The platform committee will split into seven subcommittees, he said, for afternoon sessions at which less-favored witnesses --including liberals like himself --would testify, * * ..RIEGLE APPEALED unsuccessfully to the platform chairman, Rep. John J. Rhodes of Arizona, for a morning appearance. He said Rhodes told him: "You are crazy if you think that anyone is going to apear before the full Platform Committee Sunday Gazette-Mail Entered the Post as second class mattw at Office at Charleston, W.Va., urd?r the act of March 3, 1897. Independent newspaper published each Sunday morning by the Daily Gazette Company and Clay Communications, Inc., formerly the Charleston Mail Association Charleston, W. Va. 25330. Sunday Gazette-Mail is a member of The Associated Press. The Associated Press is entitled to the us* of all local news for reproduction. Telephones: Classified Advertising MI-U41 Circulation Department 348-S151 All Other Departments 348-5140 President." Rhodes has denied the quotation. He said Riegle was "having a tantrum." He denied also any unfairness in the scheduling of witnesses, and said that the witness list, when completed, will refute Riegle's accusations. Advocates of liberalized abortion laws will testify, but their spokesman said she also had I been relegated to a subcommittee appearance. The abortion plank is opposed by the White House. The abortion proposal seemed likely to create a bit of a flop, though virtually certain to be rejected by the platform writers. Use Want Ads. Dial 348-4848 "· Oor 1 Xth YMT With IN"" S«m« Quality iMkywd SWIMMING POOL Th» Av*r«f · H«m*own*r C«nAH«r4. NOMONIYDOWN 3 YEARS TO PAT ··low A Above Ground Mo«*ol Pools On Di»pl«y LACY'S Modern Pool DISTRIBUTORS 2103 7lh A.t. Nt. ((MI. 744-2711 Clarksburg is also the site of the nearest hospital. So the 6,000 residents of Doddridge County--with the second highest percentage of senior citizens in the state, nearly half of them below the poverty level--were in a fix last year when West Union's only funeral director, like so many others aound West Virginia, announced he was going out of the ambulance business. West Union's two-man police force couldn't substitute for an ambulance service. Nor could the town's government, for the mayor, who owns a grocery store, and the county court president, who runs a barber shop, didn't have the money in their coffers to buy and man an ambulance. So, with bake sales, outdoor suppers, auctions, donations, and other sources, the community, the Lions Club, and the county court managed to scrape together $17,500. Mrs. June Nutter of the Doddridge County Senior Center helped obtain a $9,800 federal grant. Two big reasons so many funeral homes like West Union's have beer, dropping their ambulance service arc labor costs and expensive prank calls. Because West Union's ambulance is seen as a community venture, the town has managed to cut both down to zero. On the bulletin! board in the new ambulance! service's offices-outfitted al-l most entirely by donations from i local merchants--is a roster o f j some ]84 volunteers. In four shifts, 24 hours a day, they drive the ambulance, care for the sick' or injured on the way to the, hospital, and keep (he phone i manned. Others who can't work' shifts do what they can; one woman's contribution is free! laundry service. ONE OF* THE volunteers i s i Burlin Gain--though everyone' calls him Junky, because" his father once ran a junk yard.. Junky Gain was horn in"l907.l He began driving a bus for the county's diminutive school sys- 1 tern in 1939. And in 1972, three years after his retirement, he became an ambulance driver.: Now, once or twice a week, he spends six hours on call in that! basement office, often with meni and women who as children he: had driven to school hundreds of ; times, or with their children, home from college. The service makes an average of one run a day. That may not seem like much, but to those who need medical care immediately--the most common call is for heart attack victims--it could be the difference between life and death. Ask Roy Rhodes. He lives in wsarby Wood County, but he had * job in Doddridge not long ago, helping erect high-tension lines for a power company He was on Big Flint 4ek, a mile over bulance rushed Rhodes to the hospital, where he was treated and later released. Junky Gain remembers Rhodes said "he didn't know there were that kind of people in the world, or he'd broke his leg a long time ago getting acquainted with them." The doctors agreed that had trained personnel not been on the scene to apply the splint before the rough ride down the hill. Rhodes might have gone into shock; the doctors wouldn't say what might have happened after that. THE GOVERNOR'S Highway Safety Administration has cha- neled considerably funding to the project. It is particularly interested because a new four- lane highway, a major artery across northern West Virginia, cuts across Doddridge County; and with high speeds come serious accidents. The administration's deputy director, Bernard Clark, a onetime communications engineer himself, says the Doddridge squad is developing a radio communications link with the surrounding counties for more efficient deployment of emer- The training is provided by a gency medical resources, particularly important volun-| Clark notes the Doddridge teer, Dr. John Van Gilder, West Union's only physician. The 27- year-old Mountain State native came here in June 1971, a year out of West Virginia University Medical School. In free courses one night a week for 15 weeks, Dr. Van Gilder in past months has trained dozens of persons, from every walk of life in Doddridge County, to pass State squad might save only one life a year on the new highway--but that's plenty return on the investment, and if Doddridge County benefits in other ways all the better. 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