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Eagle: Local rescuer wins prestigious award

Katie Drucker
Vail, CO Colorado
Dominique Taylor/EnterpriseTim Cochrane has worked with the Vail Mountain Rescue Group for 30 years.

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Longtime local Tim Cochrane has joined the ranks of notables including Pope John Paul II and the Dalai Lama as a recipient of the Silver Plaque International Award for Alpine Solidarity recipients.

This award is given by the Italian Mountain Rescue organization to people who have dedicated and risked their own lives to perform alpine aid. Cochrane is the operations director of Vail Mountain Rescue,

Cochrane began his rescue career in 1967 with a tour of duty in Vietnam. There he performed combat rescues of downed air crews. After Cochrane’s return from southeast Asia, he participated and managed mountain rescue operations in California, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

In 1978, Cochrane came to Vail and soon after began his 30-year career with the Vail Mountain Rescue group. Cochrane has also served on the Colorado Search and Rescue Board since 1980, has been appointed rescue coordinator by four consecutive Colorado governors, and has served as the president of the National Rescue Association.

As an incident commander, Cochrane has managed more than 100 operations involving large numbers of searchers and the coordination of many different organizations. Cochrane has logged more than 2,500 missions in various capacities.

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