Monday, May 11, 2015

Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team Receives Valor Awards

From evacuating federal workers being stalked by a mass murderer to rescuing injured mountain climbers, 15 National Park Service employees were feted last week at the 70th Honor Awards Convocation in Washington, D.C.

“On any given day, National Park Service employees set the standard for superior public service. From the maintenance workers to park rangers, we are forever grateful to these individuals for their bravery in the face of incredible danger; even death,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

Secretary Jewell also recognized Michael Hogrefe and Solomon Teneyck with the Citizens Award for Bravery. When Mr. Hogrefe saw a father and daughter get swept down-river while swimming in the National Buffalo River in Arkansas, he selflessly came to their aid and saved the life of the child.

Members of the Rocky Mountain National Park Search and Rescue Team, Stephen A. Baxter, Michael L. Lukens, Joshua K. McCoy, Larry V. Roberts, and Kevin A. Sturmer planned and executed a complex and hazardous rescue mission of a climber who sustained multiple injuries after a 50-foot fall attempting to scale the 14,259 foot summit of Longs Peak.

To see the full list of the Valor Award winners, please click here.

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