The third member of our team to receive a Distinguished Service Award last month from Scottish Mountain Rescue was Killin’s very own Stewart (Teddy) Inglis.

Teddy joined the team in 1975 when the organisation was reformed.

Over the many hundreds of rescues that he has attended, he has given dedication and commitment that is respected well beyond the team and community.

Teddy took up the post of Deputy Team Leader following the death on a callout in 1987 of the Co-ordinator Harry Lawrie. Teddy was commended for his bravery in that incident, helping save the lives of those injured. Like many others in the team at that time, and despite the loss of a dear friend and colleague, Teddy showed a sense of duty to help in the continued rescue efforts the next day.

Throughout his time in the team, that same sense of duty and commitment has been instrumental in the development of many members, and he has been a constant figure of support for many and taken a lead role in Casualty Care and radio communications over many years.

Whether coordinating an incident or out on the hill leading a search party, his knowledge of the local area, combined with his dedication, skills, leadership and experience, have resulted in many people returning home safe to their families.

Teddy has been supported by his wife Maureen, who like many in the extended mountain rescue community, have given so much in support of their partner.

One of the most important skills anyone can bring to mountain rescue is knowing the area you serve like the back of you’re hand. Teddy has used his knowledge along with four decades of Mountain Rescue experience to ensure our team members are well informed and looked after on a shout.

Their is no doubt many hundreds of hill goers have been returned to their families because of the skill and commitment of one the most dedicated people in Mountain Rescue.

Teddy on his award said

“Over the years I have been privileged to work with and make friends with a lot of dedicated MRT volunteers not only from our own team but also from neighbouring teams and teams throughout Scotland.
I have entered my 49th year in Scottish MRT. All but a few of the faces have changed from those early days, but the dedication, the comradeship and the wanting to get it done attitude are still the same. Long may that spirit continue.
It is quite humbling to have been nominated for this award by my peers.
May the good work continue.”

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