SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

May 11, 2016 - It is with deep sadness that the AARS must relay the passing of long time Randolph County Rescue Squad member Preacher Heflin. Preacher Heflin passed away May 10, 2016 at the age of 92. He was an active member of Randolph County Rescue Squad for 49 years and 2 months. This is the longest active member of any AARS rescue squad we have been able to locate, and also the oldest African-American rescuer in the state and in the AARS. The family is asking for rescue squad participation in the service. Arrangements will be posted once they become available. Please keep the Randolph County Rescue Squad and Preacher Heflinís family in your thoughts and prayers.

February 9, 2016 - It is with a very sad heart that I post the sudden death of Mr Pierce Stewart of Randolph County Rescue Squad passed away just awhile ago. Mr Pierce had served in all capacities as an officer for the squad. He was a Board of Director. Mr Pierce who got in about 6 months after the squad was formed was not a charter member but was always considered one. Please keep Joann and all the family in your prayers.

September 27, 2015 - Jr Knight with the Attalla Rescue Squad has passed away. Visitation will be held Monday September 28 at Morgan Funeral Home in Attalla from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The funeral will be held Tuesday September 29 at 1:00 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Let's all keep his family and squad family in our prayers

September 10, 2015 - Please keep the family of David Lubert in your prayers. He was the former Captain of Opp Rescue Squad. He passed away Sunday of a heart attack.

June 3, 2015 - Jimmy Looney's mother, Mary Looney, passed away yesterday. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Visitation will be tomorrow 6/4/15 from 11a - 1p at Old Bethel Baptist Church. The service will be at 1p with burial to follow at Poplar Creek Cemetary in Leighton.

April 30, 2015 - Etowah County Rescue Squad will be wearing black arm bands in memorium of Vicky Ryan. They invite all other Rescue Squads to do so as well if they would like.

April 29, 2015 - Just received word that the  arrangements for Vicky Ryan are complete. Visitation Thursday April 30, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm.
Funeral Service: Friday May 1, 2015 10:00 am
Visitation and Service will be at
Glenco-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home
1901 Piedmont Cutoff Road
Glencoe, AL 35905
(256) 492-5550
If any Squad would like to bring a Squad Vehicle to the funeral for representation it would be appreciated.

April 28, 2015 - Due to circumstances beyond the family's control, the arrangements for Vicky Ryan may have to be delayed. Keep checking the website and Facebook for further updates on the arrangements....sorry for any inconvenience.

April 28, 2015 - Funeral Arrangements for Vicky Ryan:
Visitation Thursday April 30, 2015 from 5:00 pm to 8:00pm.
Funeral Service: Friday May 1, 2015 10:00 am
Visitation and Service will be at
Glenco-Hokes Bluff Funeral Home
1901 Piedmont Cutoff Road
Glencoe, AL 35905
(256) 492-5550
If any Squad would like to bring a Squad Vehicle to the funeral for representation it would be appreciated.

April 27, 2015 - Update from Etowah County Rescue Squad:
First we would like to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and condolences for the loss of our member Vicky Ryan in the Line of Duty. Funeral arrangements are still in the process of being made and will be shared on Facebook and on the AARS Website as soon as they are finalized.
Many people have asked about sending messages, cards, letters, etc to the family. The family's address is:
Houston Ryan
1924 Noccalula Road
Gadsden, AL 35904

We would like to thank all the Squads that have offered their assistance and would like to let everyone know that we have finished retrieving our boats from the water.

Further updates will be posted as appropriate. Thank you for your continued prayers and support.

April 25, 2015 - It is with deep sadness that we must announce the Line of Duty Death of Vicky Ryan with Etowah County Rescue Squad today during a Search and Rescue Operation today. Please keep the Etowah County Rescue Squad, and Vicky Ryan's family in your prayers as they deal with this tragic loss.

September 13, 2014 - Randolph County Rescue Squad lost one of their charter members. Darrell Hill passed away last night. Visitation is tonight from 5:00 -7:00 at Benefield Funeral Home in Wedowee. Funeral is tomorrow at the funeral home at 2:00 PM. Keep the family and squad in your prayers

August 12, 2013 - Everyone please keep Ralph Knight, father of Matthew Knight, in your prayers. He was involved in a car accident this morning on the way to a call. Possibly headed to UAB for facial injuries. Will post more information as soon as available.

April 18, 2013 - Jim McClellan, Lifetime Member of the AARS, and member of Clay County Rescue Squad has passed away. More information to be posted when available. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

April 17, 2013 - Melinda Knight, former Editor of the Alabama Rescuer and member of Guin Rescue Squad has passed away. More information will be posted when available.

January 28, 2013 - Steve McGatha of Cherokee County Rescue Squad passed away. Visitation will be Wednesday evening with the funeral on Thursday in Centre at Perry Funeral Home.

July 23, 2012 - Joseph Wayne West, a founding member or Cherokee Rescue Squad,  passed away Sunday July 22nd. Visition will be from 6: 00 p.m. till 9:00 p.m. at Morrisons Funeral Home, Cherokee, Alabama. Funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel. Burial to follow in Amory, Mississippi. Please remember this family in your prayers.

June 30, 2012 -Arthur Baker, Captain of Union Rescue Squad, passed away Friday 6/29/2012. Visitation Sunday Jul 1 6p - 8p @ McRaes Funeral Home. Funeral Monday Jul 2 2pm @ Union First Methodist Church. Please keep the Baker family and the members of Union Rescue Squad in your thoughts and prayers.

June 12, 2012 - Doug Jones, a member of Piedmont Rescue Squad for 38 years has passed away. Visitation will be on Wednesday June 13th from 5-8pm with Funeral at 11am on Thursday June 11. Services will be at Thompson Funeral Home in Piedmont.

June 12, 2012 - Everyone please keep Jason Heard and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Jason's father passed away last night.

May 24, 2012 - Everyone please keep Mike and Corrine Hardy and their family in your thoughts and prayers. Mike and Corrine's 9 year old grandson was killed in a car accident earlier this week. So tragic and so heartbreaking. Prayers go out to them and their whole family!

January 16, 2012 - We have just learned that Brock Butts' father has passed away. More information will be posted as soon as available.

September 4, 2011 - Founding member of Etowah County Rescue Squad, George W. Lowery, passed away this morning.  Visitation will be tomorrow evening at Village Chapel Funeral Home in Alabama City and the funeral will be on Tuesday.  Times are still pending and we will post further information as soon as it becomes available.  We keep Mr. Lowery's family and rescue squad family in our prayers.

August 19, 2011 - George W. Lowery, a founding member of Etowah County Rescue Squad, is currently in Gadsden Riverview Hospital Room 705. James Miller, Captain of Etowah County Rescue Squad, has asked that everyone keep Mr. Lowery and his family in their thoughts and prayers as he currently has a poor prognosis for recovery.

July 5, 2011 - It is with sadness I post the passing of John Thomas Gilbreath, son of Byron Gilbreath of Crossville Rescue Squad on July 4, 2011. Visitation will be at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home Wednesday July 6 from 5-8pm. Graveside service will be Thursday July 7 at 11am at Carter Cemetary.

June 23, 2011 - It is with sadness that I post the passing of Fred Cash, long time member of Collinsville Rescue Squad. Visitation will be this evening (6/23/11) from 5-8p at Collinsville Funeral Home. Funeral service will be tomorrow (6/24/11) at 2pm at Collinsville Funeral Home.

June 4, 2011 - It is with a sad and heavy heart that I post the passing of Charles Tigue from Scottsboro-Jackson County Rescue Squad. Charles will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Visitation will be Sunday 6-5-2011 from 4-9pm at Section Funeral Home in Section, AL. Funeral will be Monday 6-6-11 at 11am. Section Funeral Home is located at 230 Hodge Road, Section, AL 35771.

May 25, 2011 - Services for Myrtle Warren, Johnny Warren's Mother, will be held on Thursday May 26 at 2pm. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1p - 2pm. Visitation and services will be at Hill Crest Baptist Church located at 5117 Post Oak Rd in Anniston.

May 24, 2011 - The AARS would like to express its sympathy to Johnny Warren on the passing of his mother this morning. Service information will be posted when it is received. Please keep Johnny and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

February 15, 2011 - Just received a call the AARS has lost another long time member Mr Cecil Hancock from Union Rescue Squad has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and also his squad family. Visitation for Cecil Hancock will be Wednesday night February 16th from 5:30 to 9:00 at Albertville Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Thursday February 17th at 2:00 PM

November 26, 2010 - Connie Newman Mother of Terry Newman Lake Martin Search and Rescue Visitation will be 4:00-8:00 Sunday, November 28 at Radney Funeral Home Alex City Funeral will be 2:00 Monday, November 29 at 2:00 at Radney Funeral Home Alex City Funeral Home Information

November 3, 2010 - The AARS would like to send its deepest condolences to Vincent Parton with the Talladega Rescue Squad on the loss of his sister and father.

October 22, 2010 - It is with sad news that I pass along the passing of one of our own.  Mr Joe Stone, Captain Coosa Valley Rescue Squad this morning.  Mr. Joe A lifetime member of the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads put a hard fight up but has gone on to be with our Lord and Savior.

Arrangements:
Visitation: Marble City Baptist Church 1512 Quarry Rd Sylacauga Alabama
Saturday October 23 from 6:00p - 8:00p
Funeral will be at Marble City Baptist Church
Sunday, October 24 at 2:00p
Directions to Church

March 28, 2010 - Marilyn Knight, wife of Tommy Knight and mother of Melinda Knight, as well as a member of Guin Rescue Squad, passed away on March 27, 2010. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 from 12:00pm until 2:00pm with the funeral to follow at 2:00pm. Services will be at Hamilton Funeral Home in Hamilton, Alabama.

September 10, 2009 - Mr G.B. Casey, one of the founders of the AARS and member of the Etowah County Rescue Squad, passed away earlier today. The arrangements are as follows. Viewing will be at the Collier-Butler Funeral Home in Gadsden on Rainbow Dr September 11th from 5:00 - 9:00 PM. Services will be at the Chapel on Saturday September 12th at 11:00 AM. There will be no graveside service.