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Tag: Valor Award


Rainier rangers honored for rescue of three climbers

UPDATE: Mount Rainier National Park released a statement March 13. It is included below.

It took nearly a decade, but two Mount Rainier National Park climbing rangers were presented Department of the Interior Valor Awards last week by department secretary Ken Salazar in Washington, D.C.

Paul Charlton and Glenn Kessler earned the honor for their part in rescuing three people on Mount Rainier’s upper slopes in June 2002. Charlton and Kessler rescued the injured people from a crevasse on the Ingraham Glacier, according to a DOI statement. During the rescue they found the empty camp of two climbers

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North Cascades NP ranger, Darrington man honored for rescue of injured climber

From North Cascades National Park:

North Cascades National Park Ranger Kevork Arackellian and pilot Anthony Reece, co-owner of Darrington-based Hi Line Helicopters, were honored by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar for their July 2009 rescue of an injured climber. Reece received the Citizen’s Award for Bravery and Ranger Arackellian received the Valor Award.

Reece and Ranger Arackellian conducted one of the most challenging rescues in the history of the North Cascades National Park Search and Rescue program. In July 2009, a party of four mountaineers were climbing 8151-foot Mount Terror when the lead climber fell and was left dangling upside down on the rope, semi-conscious with a femur

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