Some getaways, especially on the slopes and waterways, carry a degree of risk. This week, Jay Lloyd salutes a man who helped mitigate the mishaps.
by KYW’s Jay Lloyd
I call them the “winter getaway guardians” -– the ski patrol men and women who keep the slopes safe and bail us out when we’re on our backs in the snow.
Doug Howlett (above) was one of the most versatile among them. Doug patrolled at nearby Spring Mountain, in upper Montgomery County, Pa., but also wrote the training manuals that help save lives across the country.
Jim McHale, a fellow ski patroller, praised Howlett for his ability to diagnose ski injuries under very difficult circumstances:
“People who could have been very seriously injured ended up in not too bad a shape.”
Doug passed away earlier this year. But last weekend, I presided over his induction into the Pennsylvania Skiing and Winter Sports Museum’s Hall of Fame. He had devoted a lifetime of volunteer service to keeping our winter getaways safe.
If you’ve ever had the misfortunate to finish a ski run riding a patroller’s sled, Doug may have had a hand in your rescue.
Photo provided by Howlett family.