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Floyd County To Open Water Rescue Training Facility

Courtesy Jan Dundas Beaver and Kentucky National Guard

The captain of the Floyd County Emergency and Rescue squad says the grand opening of a new building to house its operations is likely to happen in the next month.

Timothy Cooley says the one-point-two million dollar structure spans more than 14,000 square feet and will be the training center for the entire state for swift water rescue operations and body recovery.

However, Cooley told members of the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee on Monday (Feb. 24) that the building will mean a lot more to the Prestonsburg community.

He says part of it will include a museum dedicated to the memory of 26 children who were killed 56 years ago this week. Cooley says the Floyd Rescue Squad was born of that tragedy. He says he wanted to thank state lawmakers for the new building because they provided a 200-thousand dollar grant to help pay a portion of the cost.

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