Local rescue team lives on the edge

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Posted: July 27, 2013

The Winchester Star

RIGHT: Team members prepare for a day of training along the Shenandoah River in Clarke County last Saturday.
ABOVE: Dale Saxby, 50, watches from a rescue boat as other Stephens City Technical Rescue Team members float in the Potomac River. The fire and rescue specialty team trained for about 10 hours in the falls area on Sunday.
RIGHT: Team members look over the Great Falls area before placing their boats in the treacherous waters.
ABOVE: Swift-water rescue instructor George Lewis, a firefighter in Warren County, points out a large rock in the Potomac River at Great Falls Park and tells Stephens City Technical Rescue Team members how to avoid it when practicing boat operations in the water. The team trained all day at the park on Sunday.
David Foley, president of the fire company and a member of the rescue team, observes as Steven Ritter jumps into the river during the training activities.


Many people would take a long look at Great Falls to admire its beauty, but wouldn’t consider entering its treacherous waters.

That’s not the case with the Stephens City Fire and Rescue…

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