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CHCRS Recognizes Five Members with Life Membership

posted Mar 11, 2015, 6:34 PM by CHC Rescue Service   [ updated Mar 11, 2015, 6:34 PM ]
At the February EC Meeting, CHCRS leadership unanimously approved a motion by Captain Tipton to recognize five current CHCRS members with the designation of Life Membership. This honor is reserved for members who have consistently demonstrated exemplary service to the squad with considerable contributions to the success of the entire organization. These members have all served CHCRS for 20 years or more and their contributions to the squad are evident throughout our organization.
Dr David Wharton has served the squad as the Medical Director for more than 20 years while providing the Cave/Cliff Unit with the knowledge and leadership to allow our medics to practice advanced wilderness medical care in environments typically deemed unsuitable for ALS care. Under Dr Wharton's mentorship and supervision, CHCRS medical personnel have saved countless lives.
Lieutenant Brian Krebs has served the squad for 21 years as a member of the Cave/Cliff Unit. Under his direction as a Lieutenant, Brian has been instrumental in the training and development of dozens of current Cave/Cliff members.
Treasurer Bruce Smith has served the squad for over 30 years in many capacities, from Cave/Cliff Training Officer, to Vice President to his current position as Corporate Treasurer. Bruce's contributions to rope rescue alone is deserving of this honor as his dedication to the development and training of Cave/Cliff members has been instrumental in the team's long history of success.
Beth Elliot has also served CHCRS for over 30 years as a member of the Cave/Cliff Unit. Beth took over the reigns from Don Black, the first Captain of the Cave/Cliff Unit and she served as the Captain for many years. Beth was instrumental in the recruitment of Assistant Chief Lane and other legacy members to the squad. 
Dennis Curry served the squad for over 20 years as Lieutenant of the Cave/Cliff Unit. During his tenure, Dennis executed many of the most difficult cave rescues in North American history. His contributions to the squad included the training, recruitment and mentorship of many of the team's current members and officers. Dennis' dedication to the development of his team members was instrumental in laying the foundation for which the current membership is building upon.
Please congratulate all five of these members for this well-deserved honor and thank them for their continued dedication to the Chattanooga - Hamilton County Rescue Service.