St. Jude fundraiser offers tips on safety

Skyler Jones

October 7, 2013

LAURINBURG — City police and fire departments, the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department, Highway Patrolmen, Clark’s Wrecker Service and Jackson Diesel Service parked at Advance Auto Parts on Saturday to give out safety tips and help raise money for juvenile diabetes.

The parking lot was set up with an information table under a tent, with patrol car, police car, fire truck, ambulance truck and large tow truck lined up on display. The goal of the event was to raise $1,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“I hope people will learn something and get safety out of this,” said William Edward Wallace, an employee of Jackson Diesel Services.

The larger vehicles were there for children to climb up in, while the parents got free seat belt inspections and information on topics ranging from drunk driving, seat belt safety, texting and driving to speeding violations. The table was manned by Lt. Wayne Gay, Trooper John Martin, police officers Bernon Jackson and Charles Gunning, firefighter Eric Strickland and tow workers Brandon Morton and William Wallace.

“We’re here to help the public,” said Lt. Wayne Gay.

According to Wallace this event has been going on for 5 years now, with local towing businesses, law enforcement and fire departments coming out to support the event.

“I’d like to thank the public,” said store employee Bobby Martin, “and Scotland County for coming out and supporting our Juvenile diabetes foundation fundraiser.”

Skyler Jones is a student at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke who works as an intern for The Laurinburg Exchange.