On Tuesday 16th October, 33 team members, Search dog Jack and Trainee Search Dog Tess were in attendance at The Rescue Post for our regular vehicle and equipment maintenance evening.
During the evening, the team paused to welcome Natalie Graves, accompanied by Sally Wright, who were invited along to mount a framed picture in memory of CVSRT Richard Graves. Yesterday was a significant date for Natalie and Richard as it marked the anniversary of their first date.
In an informal gathering, CVSRT Leader Ben Carter thanked our guests for attending and spoke of Richards contribution to CVSRT, then read a letter from our friends at DWMRT, which recounted with fondness Richards visit to Ireland and Croagh Patrick during his Probationary year, with special mention of his enthusiasm and passion to learn.
Natalie replied by thanking everyone for their kind words, support and friendship, and said that Richard loved being part of the team and couldn’t wait to throw on his red jacket, grab his rucksack and boots, and dash to a callout or training.
The picture was placed in our meeting room and Trainee Search Dog Tess was on-hand for photos and cuddles!!
On Tuesday 16th October, CVSRT member Steve Britton was presented with a Life Membership Certificate in recognition of his service to the team. Steve is stepping down from active duty to move ‘down south’ for work and to be nearer family.
Steve joined the team in 2004 and has held the role of Equipment Officer for 7years and Vehicle Officer for 5years.
CVSRT Leader Ben Carter said, “Steve and I joined the team at the same time and I would like to make special mention to his commitment to the team over the last 15 years. Steve has one of the highest attendance for Fundraising Events, Training and Callouts and he is often seen in his spare time cutting the lawn or maintaining The Rescue Post – there’s no denying we will miss you.”
Steve replied, “I wasn’t keeping count, I just got on with it!” He thanked the team for the certificate and concluded, “I’m going to miss being part of the team - you are like my extended family.”
Wishing you all the best for the future Steve.