Rincon City Council donated a former fire department vehicle to the American Red Cross, and council members got an up-close look at the Red Cross’ disaster relief trailer.
The car will be outfitted with radios and stationed in Effingham County, said John Wright of the Savannah Chapter of the American Red Cross. He also praised the Red Cross volunteers who answer the call at all hours of the day in the event of an emergency.
“These are very special people,” he said. “They are willing to go out at 3 a.m. to a house fire of people they don’t know. You can’t ask for better neighbors than that.”
The emergency trailer was made possible through a $15,000 grant from Walmart. It will be stationed at the Effingham County Emergency Management Agency.
The trailer carries no perishable food items but does contain cots, blankets and enough paper products to serve 100 people meals. There also are personal toiletry items, blankets, a portable generator and even board games in case a shelter has to be set up.
Council members also considered adding the collection of the late Stacy Hinely to a potential city museum.
Hinely served in World War II and was one of the Allied staff attorneys for the postwar trials at Nuremberg, according to council member Frank Owens. Many of the chief figures in Nazi Germany who were captured during the war and after its conclusion, notably second-in-command and chief of the Luftwaffe, the German air force, Hermann Goering and Gens. Alfred Jodl and Wilhelm Keitel, the top two commanders in the Wehrmacht, the German armed forces in World War II.
Owens made the request along with World War II veteran James Sapp.
“He has access to memorabilia from Mr. Hinely he wants to make available in a museum,” said Rincon Mayor Ken Lee.
Owens said it was “unheard of to one of head dudes prosecuting at the Nuremberg trials” to be from Rincon.