The Real ResQ Podcast
Episode 54 Olaf Leavelle USCG RS 126

Episode 54 Olaf Leavelle USCG RS 126

October 22, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, I sit down and have an amazing conversation with my first RS Senior Chief, USCG Rescue Swimmer #126, Olaf Leavelle.  I met Olaf when I was 21 years old, stationed up in Kodiak, Alaska.  He taught me many skills and lifelong lessons.  One of the things that I appreciate about Olaf is his strong and humorous personality, both of which can be heard throughout this episode.  He gets real with us talking about his career, his experiences, and some of his memorable cases.  I was super stoked to sit down and have the opportunity to talk to Olaf after all of these years.  It was a great conversation.  Enjoy!!

 

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Episode 53 Claire Nelson Survivor and Author of the Book ‘Things I Learned From Falling‘

Episode 53 Claire Nelson Survivor and Author of the Book ‘Things I Learned From Falling‘

October 18, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, I have the privilege of speaking to Claire Nelson, survivor and author of the book, “Things I Learned From Falling”.  In episode 44, Mike Calhoun spoke about a hiking victim that he and the Riverside Sheriff’s Department were called out to rescue after she fell 20 feet, leaving her stranded in the desert for 4 days. That victim, that survivor, is Claire Nelson and she is here with us to tell her side of the story.  In one of these rare moments, we are able to hear from the survivor in a case, not just the rescue team.  Enjoy!

 

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Episode 52 Ernie Bryant from New Zealand

Episode 52 Ernie Bryant from New Zealand

October 14, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, Paul “Ernie” Bryant joins us from New Zealand.  He brings us stories from his over twenty four years of experience and his 3862 missions as an EMS/SAR crewman/winch operator. He tells us some of his most memorable rescues (or “jobs”) that he has been on.  We take time to discuss Crew Resource Management (CRM).  With his 8000 flight hours as a crewman, he is very passionate about CRM because it has saved his life and other crew members he has flown with. Enjoy! 

 

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Episode 51 Ken Kiest USCG RS 253

Episode 51 Ken Kiest USCG RS 253

October 10, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, Ken Kiest joins us to talk about his dynamic career as USCG Rescue Swimmer #253.  This episode is chock-full of energy!  Ken speaks  passionately about his compelling career as a swimmer, company commander, and an instructor, learning and mentoring this craft since he was a teenager.  I had a great time talking to Ken about quite a few of his moments in the USCG.  It was impressive to hear the variety of cases that Ken shared, some as simple as how dentures were used to drink water to the more complex cases that earned him recognition.  Enjoy!

 

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ASTerisk - Advice from an Elite CrossFit Athlete, Travis Mayer

ASTerisk - Advice from an Elite CrossFit Athlete, Travis Mayer

October 6, 2021

In this ASTerisk episode of The Real ResQ, 7X Crossfit Games Athlete, Travis Mayer joins me to talk about fitness, recovery, and living a healthy lifestyle.  While the craft and skill sets of those in search and rescue appear on the surface to be vastly different than those of a Professional Athlete, the two careers have commonalities, both physically and mentally.  Without a healthy lifestyle and the self motivation to push the body to the limits, we cannot do our job at the capacity needed to be the best at what we do.  I really enjoyed my time sitting and talking to Travis about what it takes to compete at the elite level.  Listen in for a glimpse into the world of elite athletes and discover how it connects to the guests here on The Real ResQ. Enjoy!

 

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Episode 50 Jimmy Farmer USCG RS 363 and Larry Lafont

Episode 50 Jimmy Farmer USCG RS 363 and Larry Lafont

October 2, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are one again joined by USCG Rescue Swimmer #363 Jimmy Farmer. 18 years after Jimmy rescued Larry Lafont from the water after a helicopter crash, the two were put in contact with one another and are here with me today to share their incredible story.  While working for a large, private oil company in Louisiana, Larry found himself in a helicopter surrounded by heavy fog.  The greatest part of this episode is that we are able to hear Larry’s perspective of being involved in a helicopter crash along with Jimmy’s take on being the rescuer sent to the scene.  This is a special episode that you do not want to miss! Enjoy!

 

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Episode 49 Jimmy Farmer USCG RS 363

Episode 49 Jimmy Farmer USCG RS 363

September 28, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by USCG Rescue Swimmer #363 Jimmy Farmer.  He shares some of his crazy rescues as we discuss his amazing career.  We talk about the Air Medal that he earned for his actions in Hurricane Katrina, a storm so devastating that without Jimmy and crew, 54 lives would not have been saved. In addition to the many people stuck on roof tops, Jimmy shares an incredible story about spotting one single hand waving from a roof top vent.  We also talk a bit about the Coast Guard's Polar Ops deployment to Antarctica.  With one story about a penguin and another with an unexpected event on the ice. Enjoy!

 

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Episode 48 Aspen Wilks co-founder of Women In Rescue

Episode 48 Aspen Wilks co-founder of Women In Rescue

September 24, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Aspen Wilkes, a co-founder of Women In Rescue.  She shares her stories of climbing accidents and families that have an unfortunate event which takes 17 hours to evacuate.  How the power of the volunteer rescue teams make such a big impact for those of us out on the trails. We also get into the ‘Women In Rescue’ page where she and Cassy have created a global connection to all the women in the world that do rescue work.  Enjoy!

 

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Episode 47 Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore Crew

Episode 47 Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore Crew

September 20, 2021

In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by a Navy Rescue crew stationed in central California at Lemoore Naval Air Station. They take us through an incredible rescue on Laurel Mountain located approximately 80 miles NNE of the Air Station.  Working at 10,450 feet where the survivors were located, their crew had all sorts of different obstacles that affected the rescue mission.  Dumping fuel, pulling 88% torque, limited to only 5 minutes on scene per evolution, a rappel in, a hoist out, it's amazing!! LT Joshua Tassone, AWS1 Hermilo Perez, HM2 Qvon Fayson (LCDR Michael St Jean (who recently retired and that's why he wasn't at the interview)) take us through the entire rescue and what they did to adapt, overcome and execute a successful rescue mission.  Enjoy!

 

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Episode 46 Dave Gray USCG RS 288

Episode 46 Dave Gray USCG RS 288

September 16, 2021

“The body achieves what the mind believes.” John Cheers/Dave Gray

In the episode of The Real ResQ, we get to hear about an incredible career from USCG Rescue Swimmer 288, Dave Gray.  He takes us through all sorts of different SAR cases he had.  Which from the first duty day, flying four SAR cases just that day to hurricane Katrina where he dealt with the crazy unexpected from us on the rescue side of things.  We talk about the importance of standardization and when he was part of the USCG Stan Team, he brought his stories and experience to the operational side to prevent issues that happened to him in his SAR cases.  Enjoy!

 

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