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Henderson County Technical Rescue Team shares Person of the Week honor

Our 18 Persons of the Week are real life savers, whether it's in Texas areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey or here at home in Western North Carolina. They're members of the Henderson County Technical Rescue Team. (Photo credit: Henderson County Technical Rescue Team)

Our 18 Persons of the Week are real life savers, whether it's in Texas areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey or here at home in Western North Carolina. They're members of the Henderson County Technical Rescue Team.

"I'm proudest of the dedication," says Keven Waldrup, a fire marshal and Co-Person of the Week.

For most of us, summer is a leisurely time of year, but lately, the squad's been in response mode. Last week, they returned from Southeast Texas. Waldrup says they're uniquely prepared for natural disasters.

"The members train for this year round, and this is the time they get to put their skills to use," he says.

They were one of five Swift Water Rescue Strike teams from the state deployed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey.

Assistant Chief Adam Justus shares the News 13 Person of the Week honor.

"It's in all of our hearts to want to go down and serve the people of Texas during their time of need," Justus said. "So, that was definitely was heavy on our hearts and wanted to lend a helping hand to them."

"We are a little bit different than the other teams that went down because we are partial volunteers," Waldrup says. "Most everyone else was a career-based team."

This week, the team's been at back home in Henderson County, on standby as Irma made its impact in the mountains. Allison Nock, of Henderson County Sheriff's Office, says they're a great asset to the county and the country.

"Not only do they keep us safe, they're ready to respond at a moment's notice," Nock explains. "Those resources and that training is ready to go help other places, so we're really lucky."

"So, I'm proud of the dedication, I'm proud of the knowledge they showed," Waldrup adds.

Earlier in the week, the Technical Rescue Team was ready to respond to Florida, South Carolina and other areas devastated by Irma. At least for now, they're staying put in the mountains, but they're always prepared for the possibility they'll be need elsewhere once again.

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