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I love listening to rescue stories. From the simple standard medevac to the dark and stormy night rescues, they are entertaining and fun to listen to. The Real ResQ Podcast tells the stories of those of us that put our lives on the line everyday. I have been in Search and Rescue for over twenty years, worked in seven different countries and flown on eleven different helicopters. I’ve completed rescues in the ocean, on vessels and platforms, in the mountains, the woods, and more. I have worke ...
 
Welcome to the Fair Winds and Following Seas Podcast. I am your host, Petty Officer Nathaniel Romeo. This podcast is for all those interested in having a larger appreciation of the Coast Guard or those that may have an interest in joining. We will be sharing stories, Coast Guard programs and career paths, leadership tactics, and much more. LEGAL DISCLAIMER: As a reminder, the views, information, or opinions expressed during this podcast series are solely those of the individuals involved and ...
 
US Naval Institute Warrior Writers: a decade by decade podcast from the Naval Academy Museum on the influence of ideas on the development of the US Navy through the influence of both its intellectual and material capital. We will discuss the thinkers, leaders, politicians, and technical developments that each decade added in the building of the world's greatest navy.
 
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In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are once again joined by Steve Hathaway, USCG RS 39. With a second conversation, we were able to hear about many more of his rescues throughout his career. Since he was one of the first Rescue Swimmers to be implementing the program, he was on call as ready crew, A LOT. With stories from Sitka, Alaska, Cape Cod,…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by David Betts, Australian Rescue Crewman. Starting out as a “nipper” or junior lifeguard, this job opened the world of rescue to David. He went on to helicopter rescue, studied to be a paramedic, and then went on to be a winch operator. We talk about his very first rescue, which happened during a tim…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are once again joined by Bill Moss, aka Red Dogg, Navy Rescue Swimmer. Red Dogg gives us a bit of a history lesson about the Navy and the creation of HC5 Det 6. He talks about his role in the creation of the program and how his crews and capabilities helped change the overall mission plan and execution. The oper…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Army National Guard Pilots Joe Rosamond, Brady Hlebain (CH-47) and Kipp Goding (H60). They take us through one of the days of California's Creek Fire disaster and rescue efforts. On this particular day, two helicopter crews helped rescue thirty families trapped near Mammoth Lakes in CA. Flying thro…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by pilot Yogi Dorelis. Yogi is a unique US military service member. He has been in four different services and flown for three of them. He started with the Marine Corps, went to the Navy, then to the Army National Guard, and finally to the Air Force, where he finished with thirteen years of flying com…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Drew Dazzo USCG RS 523. Drew takes us though a few very memorable rescues that he had throughout his career. The first one that he talks about is one that he will never forget. He was out on the beach and a wave caught his daughter and pulled her out with it. Without panic or worry, he sprung into …
 
Today I am here with BM1 Garrett Hamilton who is the operations officer at Station Humboldt Bay in California. He is here to speak about what it takes to become a Surfman in the US Coast Guard. The Surfman's Creed (YouTube) - https://youtu.be/8QKRjEqbuAUBy Petty Officer Nathaniel Romeo
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Neil Johnson, USN RS. Neil recaps his three year enlistment in the Navy with some incredible stories. He tells us about the Mayday call for a pilot who needed to eject during his very first rescue. His second rescue was while he and his crew were flying Starboard/Deltas (in circles) covering all fl…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore LT Josh Tassone (again), AWSC Jesse Peterson and HM1 Tyler Hodge. They tell us all about the Creek fire in CA that earned them a Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). They tell us of their first rescue during this crazy event at 11,500ft where they flew through thick smo…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Captain David Shoemaker. He was Captain of the Fishing Vessel (F/V) Galaxy and the last person I rescued off the ship and out of the Bering sea. David and I relive this incredible story from the very beginning. He brings us through what happened and explains what he and his crew went through on tha…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, Mel and I recap my biggest rescue where I earned my Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC). An explosion on the Fishing Vessel (F/V) Galaxy which crippled the vessel in the middle of the Bering Sea. With a two hour transit time to get on scene, we had a lot to discuss when COMMSTA Kodiak told us everyone abandoned ship a…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Tyler Boeddeker, US Navy Rescue Swimmer. Tyler tells an incredible story and is one that we don’t hear about often because it doesn’t happen very often. He was able to do exactly what he was trained for. As he and his crew were flying in patterns at the ready, the call came over the radio. An aircr…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Dr. Chris Hewitt, Prehospital and Emergency Medicine Physician. Chris gives us a different perspective as the Medical Director from his background. He tells us of a story where he ran some of his junior medics through a tough scenario which turned into a real life save scenario six months later. Wi…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Edwin Hannah, USCG RS 450. Ed had an incredible career in the Coast Guard. As we get into our conversation, he takes us through some of the rescues that stand out to him. One of them was the rescue of a vessel that sank with Ed saving five lives, thus earning him a Coast Guard Achievement Medal. He…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by John Blown from Vancouver Canada. John is a hoist operator for Talon Helicopters and the Air Operations Coordinator with North Shore Rescue. With his 20 years of doing volunteer Search and Rescue and the teams running hundreds of calls every year, he definity remembers a few rescues that he has don…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Kurt De Boeck and Filip Windles, Search and Rescue Divers from the Belgian Air Force. As we start talking about their first rescues, Filip begins by detailing his case which involved performing CPR. For Kurt’s first rescue, Filip was with him as his instructor. Kurt recalls Filip looking at him and…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Thomas Cooney, USCG RS 28. Before we get into some of his crazy rescues, we go way back in time and Thomas talks about how the Coast Guard always naturally integrated into his life. As we talk about the different moments in time, Thomas gives us a bit of a history lesson. We take a walk down memory…
 
In this ASTerisk episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Mike Fox from Onboard Systems. We get deep in the weeds with rules and regulations for the manufacturers of Human External Cargo (HEC). We talk about what his company does and continues to do in order to make the best cargo hook on the market. We talk about all sorts of applications for th…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by David Weber - National Park Ranger, Paramedic, and Climbing Ranger. David splits his time between Teton National Park, WY and Denali National Park, AK. One of the first rescues he talks about was one of the first stories he remembers as a rescueman. The patient was injured in a location that was a …
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we have the honor and privilege to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Finnish Border Guard Rescue Swimmer Program. The Finnish Border Guard created an Air Patrol Squadron in 1981. After a few years of flying, they decided they needed Rescue Swimmers. On 01JUN1982, the Finnish Border Guard created their Rescue Swimme…
 
The boarding team from CGC Ridley has boarded an apparently abandoned fishing vessel with a full catch onboard and must figure out what happened to the crew. Cast: BM1 Morena Gonzalez - Aife MK3 Charlie Aikman - Adam Bovie SN Liam O'Connor - Frigglish T. Ghost FN Chris Rogers - Aud Andrews BMCS Dallas Sheridan - Megan Youmans BM2 Tasha Reis - Laure…
 
In this special Memorial Day episode of The Real ResQ, we reflect and honor some of those who have fallen while serving The United States of America. This episode is dedicated to our finned brother Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge USCG RS #404, who lost his life in the crash of the 6535 along with Pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Co-Pilot Lt. j.g. T…
 
My apologies for not getting this out sooner. It's been a rough spring here in Port Canaveral and it took some doing, but here is the first episode of Act II: Not Under Command! While Kerri Stone and Indira Varma grapple with the strange events around Mount Melania, a Coast Guard boarding team from the 87' patrol boat Ridley decide to conduct a boa…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Dillon Nelson, an Air National Guardsman and his dog Jakoby. This is a little different than your standard Search and Rescue team because Jakoby is a cadaver dog. For this duo, their missions are more of the Search and Recovery. As we know, not all Search and Rescue missions have a happy ending, ho…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Frank Breese, firefighter, paramedic, Army National Guard, and more. Being a 22 year paramedic, Frank has been there and done that. While he was in the Army, he did a tour in Iraq during the war as a Combat Medic. During that tour he completed 80 combat medical missions, 125 combat flight hours and…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Jason Hawes, USN Rescue Swimmer. While he served only four years in the Navy, he earned a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and was recognized by the city of Roanoke, VA. He describes a rescue that is definitely one that he will never forget. He walks us through this incredible call out for a…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Steve Farris and Danny Casanova from Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. They bring us through a rescue that happened a week before the recording. They were responding to a missing person call of a man who had fallen out of a canoe and tried to walk back home. However, when he got himself lost in thi…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Kenneth Smith, USN Rescue Swimmer. From the very start of Rescue Swimmer school, even though he was cracked in the face and was bleeding in the pool, Ken knew that this was the job for him! He shared amazing stories from throughout his entire career. Cases highlighted included being deployed to the…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Ashton Levarek, USCG RS 533 and Air Force PJ. Ashton talks about his first rescue as a USCG Rescue Swimmer, which was an overdue vessel where a boat was stuck in the mud and slinging a shotgun over the shoulder. He talks about getting called out for a patient that was hit in the face by a crowbar. …
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Harry Knight, US Navy Rescue Swimmer. With a long twenty year career in the Navy, Harry was stationed all over the world. The first half of his career was working in helicopters and the second half was working in airplanes. A few rescues he talks about were the basics of people jumping or falling o…
 
Today I have Master Chief Michael Perrault who is the Rating Knowledge Master Chief of the Coast Guard's Diver Rating. He is here to speak about his career, the Coast Guard's dive program, and what it takes to be a Coast Guard diver. https://www.gocoastguard.com/By Petty Officer Nathaniel Romeo
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Gonzalo Valderrama (aka Fonzy), a pilot from Peru. Fonzy served for years in the Peruvian Navy. He talks about a tough night rescue where three people on a fishing boat were taking on water. Fonzy tells about getting launched to a case where a plane crashed off the coast of Peru with a full group o…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by French Navy pilot Jean-Baptiste (JB). He walks us through an incredible story that he and his crew were called out for. In 8 meter/25 foot waves and 60 knot winds, a sailing vessel was in distress and made the call for help. JB and his crew arrived on scene to find six people needing to be rescued.…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by the entire crew of a unique rescue mission completed by the USCG. Pilot Curt Snodgrass, Pilot David Gomez, Flight Mechanic Ernie Ortegon, Rescue Swimmer Marty Nelson, and Boatswain Mate Dempsey Logue. The crew gives us an inside look at a very unique South Texas rescue from the vessel, The Don Enri…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Marty Nelson USCG RS 251. Marty starts out by talking about his first case out of Cape Cod, MA. He was sent out to help a 27 year-old who was having a heart attack on a fishing vessel. Next, we get into some of his cases while he was in the Coast Guard. The cases vary and with a long career, quite …
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Danny Huisman, prior Air Force Fuel Technician from Holland. Danny tells us of how his career started while he was in the Air Force. As he watched SAR teams get called out on rescues, he knew that he wanted to be a part of it. After going to a ground simulator course and passing all the requirement…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Eric Williamson, retired USN Rescue Swimmer. Eric brings us through his incredible 30 year career with the Navy. He talks about a memorable experience that made such an impact on him. He watched the SAR alarm go off, the on-duty crew took off, and returned later with a family that they had saved. F…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Bill Moss, aka Red Dogg, retired USN Rescue Swimmer. Red Dogg brings us back to 1963 when he graduated high school and came to his dad to say, “I want to join the Navy.” From there, began a life of adventure and service. He talks about his deployments all over the world and the adventures had at ea…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Flight Nurse Kevin Kissner and Flight Paramedic Mike Abbott from Virginia State Police MedFlight Program. Their normal operations consist of scene call and hospital to hospital transports. On the days when they’re dispatched on a SAR call, the level of rescue is elevated to the next level. Kevin te…
 
In this episode of the Real ResQ, we are joined by Brian Dickinson, USN RS, mountaineer and author of the book, The Blind Descent. After six years and two deployments in the Navy, Brian decided to move on to the next chapter of his life. He talks about how the training at the US Navy Rescue Swimmer school set him up for success when it came to tack…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Phoenix Bean, Flight Paramedic from South Africa. For Phoenix, her story begins with a CPR class and a crazy incident at her home that led to her meeting her Paramedic mentor. She tells about an array of crazy calls that she has seen working throughout many different countries. As an “observer” at …
 
Content Warning: Physical violence, gunfire, loud noises, inhuman creatures, harsh language, mature themes, fear and panic, explosions, bodily functions and body horror. Kerri, Indira and Toni must confront their unwanted visitors. Written and produced by Mike Gagne of Asylum 94 Productions. Intro Music by Josh Monroe of Graven Rogue Studios. Sensi…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Steve Ober, USCG RS 01. This conversation was a blast for me. It was so much fun talking our way through Steve's crazy cool career! He begins by talking about how the road that led him to be a Rescue Swimmer. We talked about him getting through ASM “A” School before they had Rescue Swimmers. He tel…
 
In this episode of The Real ResQ, we are joined by Jason Vaughn, US Navy Rescue Swimmer. We had a wicked fun conversation beginning with a story about a rescue he had while serving in the Navy. Jason talks about a vessel that was trying to dump their cargo to prevent getting detained for the illegal items on board. In this case, he volunteered to b…
 
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