The Ski Gull Patrol is an integral part of the sixth-grade skiing program. Patrol members help with instruction and provide first aid if needed.
Started in 1987 with just five members, today the patrol has 30 volunteers who are trained by the National Ski Patrol. They provide first aid at the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza, Fourth of July events, Susan G. Coleman Walk and the Tour of Lakes bicycle race.
The National Ski Patrol has nine divisions. The Ski Gull Patrol is part of the Central Division, which has five regions. In September the patrol won the Western Region Outstanding Small Alpine Patrol award. It went on to win the same award in the Central Division and qualified for national competition. Though it didn't win at the national level, the patrol received a unit citation, meaning it's among the top small patrols in the nation.
Three patrol members received special recognition: Nancy Cross, named Western Region Outstanding Auxiliary Patroller, Melissa Schaitberger, named Western Region Outstanding Patrol Representative, and Carol Nelson, who received a Meritorius Service Award.
"It's a great group of people," said Schaitberger, Ski Gull patrol director. "We're active and do a lot on the local level, not just at Ski Gull but also in the community."
The patrol roster includes Barb Anderson, Mark Cross, Nancy Cross, Rachel Cross, Joe Dehen, Jim Dehen, Jon Edin, Erik Eggen, John Forrest, Tom Harper, Scott Hanson, Doug Hennum, Joe Howard, Jim Hutchison, Dan Jacobson, Dan LaFrance, Bryan Lamb, Todd Lyscio, Roger Marks, Scott Mitchell, Rob Mitchell, Brendan McColgan, Ted McColgan, Carol Nelson, Troy Richards, Melissa Schaitberger, Todd Smith, Dave Steele, George Tetrault, John VanderLinden, John Valesano, Brian Wallace.
To learn more about the Ski Gull Patrol, log onto www.skigullpatrol.com.
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