DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

July 11, 2013

Area teens head to Belarus


Derry News

---- — MANCHESTER — Young Rescuers USA, located at 15 Stark St., is making final preparations to participate at the International Rally of Young Rescuers and Firefighters July 15-27, hosted annually by the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus.

This program is available to seven youths from the United States between the ages of 13 to 17. The team departs from the Londonderry park-and-ride on July 14 for Logan International Airport.

The 2013 Young Rescuers USA team members are:

Holly Antoine, 15, is an incoming sophomore at Pinkerton Academy in Derry. Holly is a member of Chester Fire Explorers with the Chester Fire Department. She participated and volunteered with such programs like PALs, Just Like Us and FCCLA. Holly aspires to become a teacher or a nurse.

Anne Duffley, 16, is an incoming senior at Liberty Harbor Academy in Manchester. Anne was a first alternate on the Young Rescuers USA 2012 team and has gone through the preparatory training. She enjoys to art, learning sign language, and sees the Rally as an opportunity to learn and develop new skills.

Connor Martin, 16, is an incoming junior at Merrimack High School in Merrimack. Connor participated the Rally in Belarus last year and described it is as “the best two weeks of my life.” Connor is a member of the Manchester Fire Explorers. He runs winter and spring track, and participates in the Merrimack’s Tomahawk football program.

Collin Mulligan, 15, is an incoming sophomore at Alvirne High School in Hudson. Collin enjoys participating in various outdoor activities such as backpacking, camping and rafting. He runs varsity cross-country at Alvirne High School. Collin aspires to become a mountain guide and make a career while being outdoors.

Austyn Shea, 17, is an incoming senior at Concord High School in Concord. Austyn is an active member of the Concord Fire Explorers where he has recently been promoted to Post Deputy Chief.

Jordan Wiskow, 12, is an incoming seventh-grader at Porter Ridge Middle School in Indian Trail, N.C. Jordan enjoys playing baseball, basketball and going to the lake. He learned about the Young Rescuers USA program from his older brother. Jordan has been selected by his fellow team members to serve as ‘team leader” of the 2013 team. He is also the team’s youngest member.

Zachary Wiskow, 14, is an incoming freshman at Porter Ridge High School in Indian Trail, N.C. Zachary participated in the rally in Belarus last year describing it as “a great experience and opportunity to make new friends with people from other countries. I would also like to see my friends from Belarus again, and make even more friends.” Zachary was an honor roll student at Porter Ridge Middle School and a starter on his varsity baseball team.

“Our Young Rescuers learn and compete in basic life safety exercises, enjoy excursions to cultural, scenic, and historic sites throughout Belarus and make lasting international friendships, all to the benefit of the U.S.,” said program founder and former U.S. Ambassador George Bruno of Manchester.

“We are very proud of our Young Rescuers USA 2013 team,” said David Tille, president of Young Rescuers USA. “They have worked very hard for this international competition and will serve as great representatives of the U.S.A. in Belarus.”

The team is trained under the leadership of Lt. Leo Roy of Manchester Fire Department and Roman Bastek of the Concord Fire Department, providing valuable training on first aid, firefighting and rescuing skills. The delegation will be led by Tille, Bastek and Karen Wiskow of Indian Trail, N.C.

Young Rescuers USA provides a program for young people that builds character, teaches basic first aid and emergency training and lifesaving skills, develop international understanding, cooperation and friendship, and develops personal fitness.

The team consists of seven members selected on a competitive basis to represent the USA at the International Rally of Young Rescuers held annually in the Republic of Belarus. To learn more, contact David Tille at davidtillenh@gmail.com or 369-0272 or Ambassador (Ret.) George Bruno at GBruno1@aol.com. Also, visit youngrescuersusa.com.