Pats Peak ski patrollers honoredBy KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Union Leader Correspondent May 12. 2014 7:13PM
HENNIKER – The New Hampshire Region of the National Ski Patrol (NSP) handed out awards at their annual banquet held and among the recipients are numerous Pats Peak Ski Patrollers recognized for their outstanding service.
Additionally, two Pats Peak patrollers earned top honors at the regional level. Karyn Cote was presented a prestigious Eastern Division award, while the Emergency Medical Services Lifetime Achievement Award went to the Pats Peak Ski Patrol Director Bob Wright, who oversees the patrol.
Awards were presented on April 12 based upon attitude and willingness to go above and beyond their duties through leadership, training and service to the public.
Receiving New Hampshire National Ski Patrol Awards were: Raelyn Viti for NH Region Outstanding First Year Patroller; Shawn Kelley for NH Region Outstanding Volunteer Patroller; Karyn Cote for NH Region Outstanding Paid Patroller; Abi Lent for NH Region Outstanding Young Adult Patroller Award; Stef Costello was awarded the Purple Merit Star; and
Ben Durak and Karyn Cote were awarded the Blue Merit Star.
The Purple Merit Star is given to patrollers primarily involved in saving a life through emergency care and the use of ski patrol skills. The Blue Merit Star is awarded to patrollers for outstanding service in support roles associated with the Purple Merit Star.
“All my patrollers do an outstanding job. It is difficult at times to single any one of them out for the outstanding nominations, they are all so outstanding. Pats Peak, the NSP, and the skiing and riding public, is fortunate to have such a great group of dedicated patrollers. We are all very proud of their efforts and accomplishments,” said Patrol Director Bob Wright.
Pats Peak Patroller Karyn Cote was named the Eastern Division George Wesson, Jr Outstanding Paid Patroller at a banquet held on April 26 in Albany, N.Y. She is now nominated to be considered for a national level award. George Wesson, Jr. was an original member of the NSP joining in 1938 and a member of the 10th Mountain Division.
Bob Wright received the Emergency Medical Services Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Hampshire Police, Fire & EMS Foundation. Wright has been the Pats Peak Ski Patrol drector for 32 years and has been involved with the Washington Fire and Rescue for more than 40 years and chief since 1987.