Gary Sharp was recognized for 44 years of volunteer service with the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad. The squad celebrated the service of volunteers throughout 2017. These awards are voted on by the members.
Sharp joined the squad in 1974 having completed all training requirements for full membership. Within KVERS, he has served as unit director of TARS (Tennessee Association of Rescue Squads), training officer, shift captain, regional vehicle rescue coordinator for TARS, heavy rescue team safety officer, heavy rescue team captain and on various committees.
He completed a dual master’s degree program in safety management and emergency management in May 2008. He is a professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and served as president of the local chapter of SFPE from 2010-2012. He is currently working as a consulting fire protection engineer for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Chief Russ Frazier said, “Gary Sharp embodies everything I know and love about the Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad. He is the example of selfless giving to his community.
“He began his career as a teenager, and continues to serve over four decades later. This kind of volunteerism is exemplary and (Gary) Sharp is a role model that many young people can look to as they begin their own careers in public service.”
Submitted by Julie Greene, Community Outreach Coordinator, KVERS