April 27, 2018 - Co-ops Support Wounded Warriors
Albemarle EMC along with several other eastern co-ops recently gave a total of $1,000 to the Gates County Wounded Warrior Turkey Hunt.
In addition two Albemarle EMC employees volunteered to serve as guides for the three-day hunt, now in its seventh year.
Engineering Technician Travis Riddick and Lineman Kevin Bailey were able to call in a gobbler for wounded warrior, Josh Blackmon, who served multiple tours in the Middle East, before being injured by a roadside improvised explosive device. This is the third year that Riddick and Bailey have guided for Blackmon, who has bagged gobblers each time.
Twelve wounded warriors hunted this year, and 10 gobblers were bagged. Meals were provided by volunteers. After the hunts, the warriors were treated to prize drawings. The warriors were entered into drawings for a Henry "Golden Boy" repeating rifle as well as a silver edition Henry rifle. Shotguns were also raffled off to warriors as well as the volunteer hunting guides.
"Our folks in Gates County form a relationship with the wounded warriors, and those relationships carry on," said Ray Freeman, who helps coordinate the event. "I'd like to thank Lulu Eure, who makes the Gates County Community Center available for these Wounded Warrior hunts."
Other participating electric co-ops included Carteret Craven, Edgecombe Martin, Halifax, Roanoke, Pitt & Greene, Tideland, Tri-County and Cape Hatteras.