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Whitney Lake Park Ranger recognized for saving drowning victims

Whitney, TEXAS – Park Ranger Jarod Briscoe received the Fort Worth District Castle Hero Award Nov. 16 at Whitney Lake.

The Castle Hero Award was established at the request of former District Commander Colonel (ret) Christopher Martin, to recognize district employees who in the course of their duties, have taken direct action which resulted in saving a life.

Based on Briscoe’s actions during a recent drowning incident at Soldier’s Bluff Park at Whitney Lake, demonstrates why he is deserving of this award.

On July 31, 2018, Park Ranger Jarod Briscoe responded to a local law enforcement dispatch on the radio for a drowning in progress at Soldier’s Bluff Park, Whitney Lake. Ranger Briscoe was near the park and arrived in less than three minutes, well ahead of any other first responders.  He took a rescue throw bag and two personal flotation devices and responded to the shoreline where the incident was occurring.  When he arrived, one male – who later was confirmed as a fatality, had already gone under and two more men were struggling in the water.  Two of the individuals had been swimming and cliff jumping, and the other jumped in to help. The shoreline is a sheer rock bluff, approximately eight feet above the waterline, with no way up for hundreds of feet in each direction.

Ranger Briscoe threw a life jacket to the individual who jumped in to help, and he was able to put it on and stay afloat.  Another bystander was trying to help the other young man, who was struggling to stay afloat in the rough water, as he pounded against the cliff. Ranger Briscoe threw him the rescue throw bag, but he was too fatigued and panicked to hold on to it. Briscoe then threw the second PFD and he was able to hold onto it and regain some composure.  He was not able to pull himself up with the rope, so Ranger Briscoe pulled him up the cliff face and onto shore.  First responders then arrived and assisted the young men up the cliff and onto shore.

Ranger Briscoe is relatively new to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District.  He is a former Army Ranger and responded very well to an emergency situation.  Despite one tragic loss, without Ranger Briscoe’s timely and effective response, the event would have almost certainly involved three fatalities.

Park Ranger Jarod Briscoe received the Fort Worth District Castle Hero Award Nov. 16 at Whitney Lake.
The Castle Hero Award was established at the request of former District Commander Colonel (ret) Christopher Martin, to recognize district employees who in the course of their duties, have taken direct action which resulted in saving a life.

USACE Galveston District hosts Summer Stakeholder Partnering Forum

GALVESTON, Texas (August 16, 2017) – The Galveston District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted the Summer 2017 Stakeholder Partnering Forum, August 15-16, at its district headquarters.

The Galveston District conducts semi-annual stakeholder partnering forums with non-federal sponsors, customers and agency partners to collaborate on best practices regarding several Corps programs. These programs include ecosystem restoration, flood risk management, maintaining and improving Texas coastal navigation systems, and regulatory oversight of U.S. waters.

“These types of engagements help to identify opportunities to better synchronize and integrate the district’s support of stakeholder commitments and emerging interests for planning studies and assistance, preconstruction, engineering and design, construction, and operations and maintenance,” said Edmond Russo, Galveston District, deputy engineer.

The forum serves as a unique opportunity for non-federal sponsors, customers and agency partners from the Sabine to the Rio Grande Rivers along the Texas coast to network and exchange ideas from the whole community perspective on ways the Galveston District is able to improve value delivery to the nation across civil works and regulatory business lines.

“We conduct these forums to engage in open and frank discussions on how the Corps programs and policies affect private industry and to provide private industry with methods and strategies to improve doing business with the Corps,” added Russo.

Area experts from both the federal government and private sector presented briefings and discussed an array of topics addressing issues ranging from navigation to flood control.

A copy of presentations which supported the summer forum’s theme, ‘Building irreversible momentum on America’s energy coast,’ can be found at the following link. http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/About/Partners/Stakeholder-Partnering-Forum/