The Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards in Swiftwater Rescue honor outstanding achievement in the technical discipline of swiftwater and flood rescue.

These awards are not heroism awards, these awards recognize preparedness, teamwork, and a job performed often under extreme conditions, where training is vital to the success of rescue missions, and the safety of rescue personnel.

Award Recipients

Higgins and Langley will honor the 2019 and 2020 Award Recipients in South Bend, Indiana at the IAWRP Symposium on June 6th, 2021


The Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards were established in 1993 by members of the Swiftwater Rescue Committee of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) in honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker who lost his life in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, and Jeffrey Langley, a Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter-paramedic, who lost his life in a helicopter incident in 1993.

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