|Higgins & Langley Award|
ACA Members Receive Prestigious Higgins & Langley Swiftwater Rescue Awards
June 2, 2014 (Asheville, NC)
The Higgins & Langley Memorial and
Education Fund announced the 2014 Higgins & Langley Awards, which honor
outstanding achievement in the technical rescue discipline of swiftwater and
flood rescue. Awards go to swiftwater and flood rescue experts worldwide in
several significant categories, including the Outstanding Achievement Award,
Program Development Award, Special Commendation Award, and Swiftwater Rescue
ACA Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainer Educators, Robin Pope and Sam Fowlkes, both received Special Commendation Awards, recognizing their extraordinary efforts in organizing and hosting the first ACA Swiftwater Rescue Conference in October, 2013. The intensive, three-day, on-river training featured a series of workshops presented by some of the most respected names in swiftwater rescue, including Slim Ray, Les Bechdel, Charlie Walbridge, Aaron Peeler, Mike Mather, Walter Felton, Virgil Chambers, Pam Dillon and Jim Coffey. Participants included more than 100 recreational paddlers, certified paddlesport instructors, and emergency responders from 22 states and three foreign countries.
In addition to founding the Swiftwater Rescue Conference, Robin and Sam both volunteer countless hours serving on the ACA’s Swiftwater Rescue Committee, Safety Education & Instruction Council, and Board of Directors.
They will receive their awards on Friday, June 6, 2014, at 7:30 PM, at the annual National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) conference in Woodcliff Lake, NJ.
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