Mission Lifeline EMS Award

American Heart Association; Gold Award 2015 – Silver Award 2014.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Higgins and Langley Memorial; 2015. Presented to Casey Ping, Travis County   Program Director, Texas TF1 - Water and Helicopter Rescue Manager.

Casey Ping has been a true pioneer in the technical rescue discipline of swiftwater and flood rescue since the early 1990s. Under Casey's leadership, Travis County STAR Flight has become one of the premier helicopter based swiftwater rescue teams in the United States. And Casey has dedicated countless hours, serving as a subject matter expert on local, state, and national committees striving to improve flood and hurricane disaster preparedness, and to develop state-of-the-art swiftwater and flood rescue training protocols and mission-specific equipment. Swiftwater rescue operations are among the most dangerous missions for rescue personnel and victims alike, due to the power of moving water and the difficulty of rescuing victims who may be free-floating, stuck in a tree, or on top of a vehicle being swept downstream. As a swiftwater rescue team member, Casey has performed countless rescues of victims who owe him and his teammates their very lives.

Swiftwater Rescue Team Award

Higgins and Langley Memorial; 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2011.

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Charles Brotherton
County Executive

Casey Ping
Chief Deputy/Director of Emergency Medical Services/STAR Flight
(512) 854-6460

Chuck Spangler
Director of Aviation
(512) 854-3708

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