Receives Purple Merit Star Award.
07/10/2006 - Rob Cook
receives Purple Merit Star Award.
Rob Cook, of Blue
Mountain Ski Patrol was awarded a NSP – Purple Merit Star Award for
intervention where his actions made a significant impact on saving a
life in February of 2006. The picture below shows Rob receiving the award from Gerit
Lewisch, Eastern Regional NSP Director, John Stinsmen, Eastern Pa
Section Chief, John Pelicciota, outgoing Eastern Regional NSP Director,
(John was director at the time of the incident), Jim Dailey, BMSP Patrol
Director, and Ed Kline BMSP Hill captain on Rob’s shift presented at
Blue Mountain Ski Area.
The purple cross
is a significant award which requires input from the Physician,
confirming that interventions taken at the scene were ‘life saving’
In accepting, Rob
advised that it took longer to write up the ‘actions and occurrences’
for the award process, than it did to for the accident itself!
Rob explained that
training was ‘significant’ in being able to respond properly. Slope side
assessment, being able to quickly recognize signs and symptoms and make
decisions to fly Medivac, get extra patrollers on scene for back
boarding and extrication, were all parts of the puzzle for ‘really being
effective’. OEC Training, annual OEC refreshers courses, and several
years of experience patrolling allowed Rob to ‘ just do it right’ while
the adrenaline kept pumping.
can replay the incident over and over, just like many of us do, but the
common thread is training and confidence to put all that you have
learned and practice into reality”.
Click on photo to enlarge.