Distinguished Service Certificate

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S.A.R.D.A Scotland dog handler Pete Crichton pictured above, has recently been awarded a Distinguished Service Certificate for services to mountain rescue from the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland.

Pete first joined the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team in 1980 and later joined the Torridon team in 1990 after relocating to Wester Ross.  For the past twenty six years, Pete has been a member of the Search and Rescue Dog Association Scotland, and was training officer for the association from 2004 until 2012.  After a two year break he took over the role of training officer again in 2014 and currently holds the post.

There have been a few near misses and harrowing moments during the past thirty five years.  Dealing with the aftermath of the Lockerbie air disaster was particularly traumatic.  But there have also been many more enjoyable moments and Pete particularly likes the challenge of training young dogs to become full search and rescue dogs.  Pete also acts as an ‘external assessor’ for the other SARDA Associations.

There is a strong suspicion amongst the other dog handlers that Pete secretly relishes his other role as Call-Out Coordinator  for the organization and that he enjoys calling handlers in the wee small hours to drag them out of their beds.  He certainly seems rather gleeful when a new handler joins the ranks, and is in possession of every contact number they possess within minutes!  There have been times though, when Pete has organized a search throughout the night and then attended a different incident himself.

Congratulations to you Pete for a well- deserved award.

 

 

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