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Inspirational Stories

This site is a tribute to all emergency rescue personnel who have helped keep the public safe both on and off the mountain. Using Outdoor Emergency Care skills learned through National Ski Patrol's award-winning training program, NSP members have provided aid to more than 160,000 individuals and continue to save nearly 40 lives each year. These numbers are especially impressive because over 70 percent of National Ski Patrol members are volunteers. They offer their personal time and commitment to ensure that they are properly educated, trained, and prepared for any situation and that their equipment is top-notch.

Read some of the great ways NSP members have positively impacted others and donate to National Ski Patrol by clicking on the donate button below. Have you had an experience of National Ski Patrol in action? Email marketing@nsp.org to share your story and we will add it to this page!


Jason Receives Purple Merit Star for Aiding Patient Suffering Cardiac Arrest
Jason, an Alpine Patroller at Powderhorn Mountain Resort in Colorado, responded to a call of a collapsed male on the deck of a nearby restaurant. The individual was unresponsive and not breathing. Prior to Jason's arrival, CPR had been administered by a two resort guests who happened to be nearby.


Inspirational Stories

Upon arrival, Jason re-evaluated the patient and determined there was nor a pulse or respirations and immediately resumed compressions with the help of one of the guests. Jason continued compressions while an AED and IV's were set up. Two shocks from the AED were administered and there was still no pulse or respirations. Jason resumed compressions until a spontaneous pulse and respirations returned after about 30 seconds. Staying with the individual, Jason then helped backboard him and attended to his needs until he was turned over to the town of Mesa's ambulance squad for transport to a nearby landing zone for Care Flight out of Grand Junction, CO.

The individual who received care has since recovered and Jason has been awarded with a Purple Merit Star. It is believed that because of the quick response of Jason and the guests, the individual is alive, well, and back at home today with his family.

Below is a letter written by the individual's wife, thanking NSP for aiding her husband.

What does a person say at a time like this? The answer I suppose is, what can a person say? Because of you, my husband has a second chance at life. Because of you, I have a husband to love and grow old with. Because of you, our son has a father to love him and teach him all that is precious in life. You saved our hearts. You touched our lives. We will be forever grateful. Love, perhaps that's the word you say at a time like this. We love all of you.

Andrea & Merle



Ski Patrollers Aid In Car Crash, 2 Men Survive
It was a normal, quiet Saturday morning when Mt. Hood Ski Patroller, Jodie Jeffers was out walking her dog on June 4th, 2011. She and 10 other patrollers were among 200 patrollers attending patrol training events over the weekend at a local Inn near Mt. Hood, Oregon. However, that normal, quite Saturday instantly changed into a life-threatening situation for two men.

About 300 yards from the Inn, the two men were driving down the road. They lost control of their vehicle, catapulting them and their Subaru into a small stream - flipping and hitting several large rocks along the way. One of the men was ejected from the vehicle, hitting his head and torso before slipping into the creek. Both of the crash victims sustained life-threatening injuries that, without immediate medical attention, could have quite possibly resulted in the loss of their lives. Jodie and 2 other bystanders were the first to respond on the scene. One of the bystanders elevated the ejected victims head out of the water. Soon after, Jodie and the other bystander soon came to aid in lifting the victim out of the water. Jodie called the Inn to have other patrollers notified of the accident. Then, she immediately started providing first aid to the crash victims. Within minutes, 11 ski patrollers with varying backgrounds and expertise were collaboratively providing Outdoor Emergency Care skills to the two men. The patrollers utilized the knowledge and skills gained from trainings such as: Scene Size Up, Initial Assessment, Bleeding, Hypothermia, Head Injuries, Spinal Precautions, and Shock, among many others. After about 30 minutes, local EMS arrived at the scene. A double Life Flight was on their way and arrived approximately 60 minutes later to take the men to nearby medical facilities. “All came together in an even flow and voices were low and calm,” stated first responder Jodie Jeffers. “Those looking on must have thought the patrollers knew each other well and have trained together often.” Little did they know that these ski patrollers had not met each other’s groups until that very morning. Still, they worked calmly and naturally as they proceeded to apply the lifesaving Outdoor Emergency Care skills they all knew. The knowledge and skills these patrollers possessed from Outdoor Emergency Care, combined with braveness and heroism can be considered a main contributor to the two men surviving. A special recognition goes out to all the ski patrollers who assisted these two individuals in need of emergency care. You are incredible individuals and represent true heroism to its full definition.
Thank You:
Washington Summit East
- Darel (Scotty) Meyer
Michigan- Boyne Highlands
- Mike Longfellow-Jones
- Bob Anderson
- Tim Ronda
- Don Smith
Oregon WyEast Region (Mt Hood)
- Terry Neidermeyer
- Margaret Usher
- Jodie Jeffers
- Larry Cahill
- Kathy Lee
- Jim Trett



NSP is very proud of each and every one of its patrollers and the awesome work that they do. The organization has grown tremendously since its founding in 1938, and NSP recently celebrated its 75th Anniversary with over 28,000 patrollers across 600 patrols in the U.S. and Europe. While the common misperception is that all of these members are paid, it's very much the contrary. Out of these 28,000 patrollers, over 70 percent are volunteers. This is one of the great things that make NSP unique, and why we're asking for your help in keeping this organization strong for the next 75 years.

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Sincerely,




Darcy Hanley

NSP Education Director

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