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Squaw Patrol receives international recognition for rescue

post #1 of 20
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Squaw Patrol was recognized for accomplishing one of the toughest rescues of the year (2010 -2011) by an international board. It was a Tripple A on top of the mountain. It was me. I have been honoring their skills for a year now, and am so pleased to see their high level of professionalism recognized by their peers around the world. A patrol skied up to me the other day: "Dave, Squaw got highest international honors for rescuing you!"  "Hell yes!" Squaw Patrol is going through the hardest years of their existence, so every bit of support is appreciated.

post #2 of 20
That's awesome, for all of you.
post #3 of 20

Good for the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol, those guys are first rate. I had the bad fortune the other day of taking a nasty fall and having my first toboggan ride in 30 yrs of skiing. Those guys are truly professional and know their stuff. I will recover and probably be back on the hill faster because of their action. 


Again hats off to them. 

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a heartfelt salute to them for sure.

post #5 of 20

Wow Dave,


 Farout.  I didnt realize that this was your first year back....more testament to their skilled actions.


I had a steak today.  How about you?

post #6 of 20
Thread Starter 

got a cold. chicken soup.


yeah, one minute later to the hospital (one more minute without oxygen to my brain past 3 1/2 minutes) and I'm not typing or skiing at all. speed was all important, and Squaw patrol have speed, man.

post #7 of 20

Awesome!  Cudos to the guys (and gals) and hats off. 

post #8 of 20

What happened to you davluri?  (if you'd rather not go into it, that's fine, or if there is another thread just let me know... sounds like from your reference above though it was pretty bad).


It's nice that your ski patrol got recognized.

post #9 of 20

Davluri, I posted to the other thread but it sort of got left behind. Are you speaking of an Abdominal Aortic Annurism when you say Triple A?How long did it take them to get you to difinitive care?Awesome for you, incredible detection by them. I am glad you are still here to share this with us!

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It was an aortic aneurysm. It dissected while I was standing at the top of the mountain, tearing from aortic arch to my groin in a matter of minutes. This happened only 60 yards from a ski patrol shack by the upper tram terminal. Patrol were on site in a few minutes, and within about 20 minutes the chopper was airborn and heading for Reno. I told the first responding patrol that the pain was moving down from my chest into my abdomen and the pain was 10+. They called a physician from the resort emergency medical clinic who jumped on a snowmobile and shot up the mountain to help with the diagnosis. He knelt down by me in the snow and I heard him say: aneurysm, with this much pain, I have to say aortic aneurysm. From that moment, speed into the helo was the most important factor of the rescue, as absolutely nothing can be done on site. What is amazing is the intensity of patrols effort and the level of their compassion. They were super concerned and when  I pulled through two months later, and came to thank patrol in their base, they were extremely stoked, hugs all around, smiles, and: "I bet you never thought you'd see this guy on the mountain again..."


I'm writing a short story about it,  pretty far along. any writers out there, or readers, who would review the writing for me? It's not your average ski story.



funny note: Cirque noticed that on the date this happened, March 13, I had started my morning coffee at home with epic ski, posting up something about mantras as powder skis. gave me the chills to read that post.


(I wrote about it right after I got home in the thread "confusion about mantras in powder, post 33", quoting Cirquerider)

post #11 of 20

Dav, once again,awesome!I am not a writer, but a patroller. When this comes out I will certainly buy it.I think sometimes patrollers get taken for granted,obviously not by you.So the next time you see a red coat,join them on the lift, don't avoid them.This story is what it is all about.   Thanks for sharing,    Dave

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The patrol community in the greater Tahoe region is growing closer and closer through the common experience of tragedy that has struck them. They have formed an extended family and take care of each other and each others' families, no matter what happens. It's like a sacred duty for them. Unbelievable honor. 

post #13 of 20

Pretty cool, on several levels.  

post #14 of 20
Originally Posted by alexzn View Post

Awesome! Cudos to the guys (and gals) and hats off.

post #15 of 20

I'm really glad they saved your life, but I wish I had remained blissfully unaware of this cause of sudden death! eek.gif Curiosity led me to Wikipedia to read about AAA and see photos of MRI and CT scans. This has exacerbated my mild hypochondria. Now I'll think think of you and Squaw Valley with every twinge of abdominal pain! rolleyes.gif

post #16 of 20
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I too googled it. There was a picture of an aorta aneurysm about 8cm, the whole aorta system laying on a stainless steel table. "I guess he didn't make it." I thought looking at it.



Edited by davluri - 4/12/11 at 3:17pm
post #17 of 20


awesome story, david... it's been awesome to see you out there ripping it up again this year.


squaw valley ski patrol is the best in the world!


thank you so much for everything you guys do to make squaw my favorite place in the world.

post #18 of 20

Congrats on the recovery!


My father-in-law had an aortic aneurysm almost 2 years ago at 72 years if age. It tripled in size, from 2cm to 6cm, in the hospital and they had to do an emergency surgery on him, he still has a few issues.


May I ask how old you are?

post #19 of 20

Davluri--I wonder if you could post more specifics about the recognition and the board who gave it. I'd like to send to my son who was on Squaw pro patrol last year (he wasn't involved with your case).  I'm a vascular surgeon and was at Squaw that day, so them helo you off. My son told me about what had been going on. I was very impressed that the diagnosis was made on the mountain.  Glad to hear you're doing well.

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I don't know the specifics. Their leader is named Curtis, down in the main patrol building.  Diagnosis was made by Dr Ganong, who arrived at the scene from the local clinic after being called and asked to help. The vascular surgeon at Renown was Dr. Allbright. Thanks.

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