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Kudos & Kindness: Avalanche of thanks

We have met the angels in our community. They are on the mountains disguised as ordinary men and women wearing red jackets with the universal first-aid symbol.

The Heavenly Area Ski Patrol are not only our heroes that provide emergency and rescue services on the mountain; they also serve on land and in our community. Heavenly Area Ski Patrol has been raising funds to provide support to the Lake Tahoe Special Olympics Team and other organizations in the community for several years. On April 15, Jeff Miller and the Heavenly Area Ski Patrol presented a check for $7,200 to the Special Olympics team and $2,500 to Live Violence Free.

Last month, ski patrol sponsored two evenings of ice skating at the South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena for the Special Olympics athletes. For many of these athletes it was their first time on the ice. Realizing that many of the athletes have mobility problems, Heavenly lift mechanics engineered “adaptive sleds” to make it possible for ski patrol to escort skaters unable to propel themselves on the ice. It is these unselfish acts by the Heavenly Area Ski Patrol and lift mechanics that brought smiles and cheers from the Special Olympics athletes as they sped around the ice rink.

In 2009, Bob Tara, who was a 24-year Heavenly Mountain Resort ski patrol veteran, suffered a heart attack on the Mott chairlift. Bob left behind his daughter, Katelyn, who is a Special Olympian. Since that time, the angels of the Heavenly Area Ski Patrol adopted and have been constant heroes for the Tahoe Special Olympics team.

We are all so grateful for their efforts and dedication.

Carmen Delgado

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.