The Ralph Dawdy Memorial Award
The Ralph Dawdy Memorial Award has been established to honor Ralph Dawdy of Bootheel Search and Rescue. He was a Field Coordinator with NMSAR and also a volunteer fireman who was killed in a vehicle accident while responding to a forest fire. The award is presented each year at ESCAPE.
The Award is to go to an outstanding SAR volunteer nominated by the nominee's team. The nominated individual is expected to have made significant contributions to their own team and /or NM SAR statewide. Examples of team contributions could include significant participation in leadership roles, mentoring, training, and SAR missions, while NM State SAR activities could include outstanding contributions as Incident Command Staff, volunteering on the Board of the NMSAR Council, and coordinating statewide and/or regional trainings.
A three-person committee consisting of the NMSARC Chair and two other board members will review all nominations and make its recommendation for a winning nominee to the NMSARC Board of Directors for their final approval.
The basic requirements for nominations are as follows:
- One nomination per team or group.
- Deadline March 1.
- Nominee must not have received the award within the past 5 years
- Nominee must have at least 5 years experience in Search and Rescue.
- Nominee cannot be a current NMSARC board member.
- Nominations should detail the nominee’s SAR accomplishments and activities that warrant the nominee’s consideration for the Award.
- Nominations should be made online using the form below or mailed to the NMSAR address.
2016 — Dave Baldridge, Sandia Search Dogs
2015 — Uli Blan, Organ Mountain Technical Rescue Squad
2014 — Chuck Baker, Catron County SAR
2013 — Tony Gaier, Cibola Search and Rescue
2012 — Gary (ca$h) Cascio, Santa Fe Search and Rescue Group
2011 — Charles (Chuck) Melvin, K-9 Search and Rescue
2010 — Bob Lathrop, Chaves County Search and Rescue
2009 — Paul and Linda McClendon, Santa Fe Search and Rescue
2008 — Mary Berry, Sandia Search Dogs
2007 — Bob Cowan, Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club
2006 — Beck Atkinson, Angel Fire Search and Rescue
2005 — Richard F. Himebrook, Civil Air Patrol
2004 — Dave Burdett, Santa Fe Search and Rescue
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