|(R to L): State President, Dale Dodds; State Vice-President, Dujuana Naylor; Region 1 Vice-President, Rusty Rotenberry; Region 2 Vice-President, Keith Sartin; Region 3 Vice-President, Charlie Tollison; Region 4 Vice-President, David Tuck; State Secretary, Jennifer Freeman; State Treasure, Ross Musgrave; State Historian, Tim Moss; State Parliamentarian, Jimmy Peoples; and State Chaplain, Bobby Darnell.
Knoxville, TN - The Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads (TARS) is pleased to announce the elected officers for 2018-19. The election and award banquet took place at the 63rd annual convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in October.
The Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads is an association of lifesaving, rescue and first aid units with members organized, trained and equipped for various types of rescue and first aid work. These members voluntarily give their time and effort without compensation to the development of accident prevention and first aid procedures, the widespread education of the public in such procedures, and to the necessary rescue and first aid work for the relief of their fellow men.
Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads would like to welcome the following officers (pictured R to L) to their position: State President, Dale Dodds; State Vice-President, Dujuana Naylor; Region 1 Vice-President, Rusty Rotenberry; Region 2 Vice-President, Keith Sartin; Region 3 Vice-President, Charlie Tollison; Region 4 Vice-President, David Tuck; State Secretary, Jennifer Freeman; State Treasure, Ross Musgrave; State Historian, Tim Moss; State Parliamentarian, Jimmy Peoples; State Chaplain, Bobby Darnell; and (not in photo) Past President, Ross Guy.
The Instructor of the Year award recipient for 2018 was Kevin “Bucky” Ayers, Greenville Emergency Rescue Squad. This is the first year that this award has been given to a member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads. The TARS Instructor of the Year Award is to recognize TARS instructors who have done an extraordinary job instructing official TARS and non-TARS classes for rescue units/squads, fire departments and EMS agencies from August thru July each year.
The Costo McGhee Award recipient for 2018 was Michael Underhill, Cannon County Rescue Squad. The Costo McGhee Award will be given to the rescue squad member who has been both an outstanding squadsman and an asset to the citizens of their community through civic work outside their rescue squad. Mr. Costo McGhee was an active member, a Board of Directors member, and a Charter member of the Knoxville Rescue Squad, located in Knoxville, TN. He had devoted more than 32 years of continuous hard work to the citizens of Knoxville and surrounding counties. Some of Mr. McGhee’s accomplishments include, but are not limited to the following:
-Original Founder of Knoxville Vol. Rescue Squad, Inc.
-Helped organize the Knoxville, Scott, Sevier, Loudon, Roane, Blount, Anderson and Jefferson County Rescue Squads.
-3 T.A.R.S. Region II Vice President for 4 years.
-T.A.R.S. Vice President for 2 years.
-Captain of the Knoxville Vol. Rescue Squad for 9 years.
-A long-time past Board of Directors member of the Knoxville Vol. Emergency and Rescue Squad.
-President of the Arainda Community Club on 5 different occasions.
-Part-time employee of the Civil Defense Office of Knoxville for 11 years.
-Member of the Knox County Ambulance Review Committee.
-Advisory member of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine.
-Volunteer worker and instructor for the American Red Cross.
-Recipient of the American Red Cross Clara Barton Award.
-Recipient of the Sertoma Club Service to Mankind Award.
-Recipient of the Hospital Corporation of America Park West Hospital Community Service Award.
-Recipient of the Mayor of Knoxville’s Merit Award.
-Has been honored by the Knox County Commissioners by having a “Costo McGhee Week” set aside in recognition of Mr. McGhee’s Service to the Community.
The John Stiles Award recipient for 2018 was Kevin “Bucky Ayers, Greenville Emergency Rescue Squad. The “John Stiles” Award is given each year by the Kingsport Lifesaving Crew to a member of the Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads. John Stiles was a charter member and one of the organizers of the Kingsport Lifesaving and First Aid Crew. He devoted much of his time in the early days to establishing progress and fellowship activities for members to become more involved in crew activities.
The Lifetime Member Award recipients for 2018 were Gerry Latham, Cumberland County Rescue Squad, and Dale Evans, Paris-Henry County Rescue Squad. This award will establish a group of individuals that potentially will be recognized as stable leaders that contribute significantly in the building of a historical organization, serving mankind and their respective community.
The Julian S. Wise Award recipient for 2018 was the Blount County Rescue Squad, located in Alcoa, TN. This award is given to the TARS squad which enrolls the most new TARS members in the preceding year. The State Secretary determines the winning squad by the membership records at the State Office.
Tennessee State Office:
-TARS Executive Director Stacy Rhodes
-TARS State Training Coordinator Brian Robinson
-TARS Office Manager Shannon Lawson
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