Paul Collins, an equipment captain and GCSAR member since 2009, was named “Member of the Year” for 2013, according to a news release from the organization.
“Paul put out a lot of effort in the last couple of years helping better organize equipment maintenance and documentation, and then getting that work done. He also was a driving force in the field training program for new members, said GCSAR Commander Jim Webster. “His prior experience with Tooele County SAR has helped our organization, and his work here will carry on. This award is overdue,” said Webster.
Jerry Harris was recognized as the “Rookie of the Year” for 2013.
“Jerry is al-ready a great asset and valuable team member. He is strong, smart, works well with others and has come in having taken rescue courses offered in Castle Valley,” Webster said.
Frank Mendonca, a member since 1992 who serves as the team’s training officer, was given the “Commander’s Award” in recognition of his work as “a driving force in developing the organization’s Certification Standards manual.”
“Grand County Search and Rescue has worked on developing standards for several years now. As a group, our officers developed the ideas for the standards from accepted best practices, but Frank put them together into one cohesive, logical format,” Webster said. “His writer/editor skills match his search and rescue skills, which is to say, they are outstanding.”
This is only the second time that the Commander’s Award has been given.
Over the past two years, the Utah Sheriff’s Association has also been developing certification standards for search and rescue programs statewide. The Grand County program’s standards were modified for statewide use and were recently approved by the sheriffs of Utah, according to the news release.
Davis and Barbara Fincham decided to “retire” from search and rescue at the end of 2013, after having volunteered for more than 10 years. They were given plaques honoring their service at the end-of-the-year banquet.
“Dave and Barb have given a lot to our community and to our visitors through their dedicated service to Grand County Search and Rescue,” said Grand County Sheriff Steve White. “Over 20 years between them have amounted to many days – and nights – disrupted by the pager; many hours spent hiking or riding ATVs, providing care to people in need.”