40 Years of Mountain Rescue
Last Tuesday was our regular monthly vehicles and kit maintenance evening. Nothing untoward there you may think but for one of our long serving members, it marked 40 years unbroken service with Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team.
Pete Farnell joined the team on 24th November 1974 as a young lad, aged 20. Through the years he has held numerous key roles from; Radio Officer to Team Leader to our current Team Chairman. Most recently, Pete is also a Search And Rescue Dog Association England Search Dog handler with ‘Meg’, his trusty sidekick.
As you can imagine, 40 years service takes a considerable amount of time, commitment and a very understanding family, so it was our pleasure to welcome Pete’s wife Anne, and their son Joe to be part of the evening. Mountain Rescue must run in the family as Joe recently qualified as a Full Team Member with Edale Mountain Rescue Team.
We have actually quite a few families connected with CVSRT…but that’s a story for another day!!
Surprise guests for the evening were Chief Constable Dee Collins and Sgt Neil Taylor from West Yorkshire Police, who arrived to present Pete with his Long Service Certificate and to thank the team for their continued support and commitment to the emergency services, and the local community.
The Chief Constable said, “I have the utmost respect for Mountain Rescue England and Wales and think it’s incredible that you are all volunteers. Pete, on behalf of West Yorkshire Police, I thank you for your many years of service”.
Pete accepted his award and said, “Thank you to my family for putting up with me. I’m very grateful to receive this long service certificate, however, I believe this is as much an award for the team… that’s why I have remained with mountain rescue for so long… because of the people”.
Congratulations Pete ! Long may you roam the hills with CVSRT.