HM2 Matthew Hawkins shows youngsters from Ridgecrest Charter School how a search and rescue hoisting vest is used to rescue a victim. Hawkins and other members of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 31’s search and rescue crew visited the school on Sept. 11, when the school hosted Heroes Day. The school hosted Heroes Day in remembrance of 9/11 victims and to honor the local military. Hawkins, Lt. Collin Fox, and AWS2 Erik Potter had a barbeque lunch with the students, demonstrated the equipment used during rescues, and explained what it’s like to be part of the SAR crew.
U.S. Navy photo by Ron Rodriguez, NAWCWD VCOStory First Published: 2012-09-26