Celebrating 50 years of heroic efforts in Charleston

      (Scott Garrand/WCIV)

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- "Volunteers are dedicated to life," that's the slogan Deputy Chief Brian Hinton says the Charleston County Rescue Squad lives by.

      Saturday, members of the squad came together to celebrate 50 years of service in the Lowcountry.

      The team first joined back in 1962 to work with local law enforcement and firefighters in search and rescue efforts, on both land and water.

      "Visitors that come today, especially non-member's families, don't really understand what we go through. We have to leave our families during holidays, birthday parties, you name it," Hinton said. "We have to go help the citizens and tourists of our county."

      The teams also paid tribute to their three founding members; Chief Herbert, Assistant Chief Robert Dunlap and J.E. Bell who has since retired from the team.

      "It is warming to know that we still have our founding fathers," Hinton said.

      The event also gave current members and the community a chance to look back at the organizations rich history, by displaying equipment used over the years.