Searcher Spotlight: Ron Huntington

Anyone who is a Facebook friend of Ron Huntington will know that he has a soft spot for barbecue. He has a penchant for posting mouth-watering photographs of his menu du jour, usually featuring some nice slab of meat, perfectly grilled, to the envy of all carnivores.

The good life for him also involves hanging by the ocean and body surfing and he loves to hike. The latter is a good thing, because hiking is a necessity for one of his other “favorite things to do”: volunteer with SAR.

Ron is SoCal born (which might explain the body surfing) but he’s a NorCal guy now, firmly planted in San Ramon with his wife and family. That family currently includes no pets, but he makes up for that with five kids and seven grandkids.

As a self-described “techie,” it’s appropriate that Ron’s degree from DeVry University is in technical management. He uses his capabilities to strengthen his SAR experience and that of others (he’s been known to help at least one fellow SAR member load SAR-related apps and info on her phone, for instance).

Ron joined the SAR team in the “wet year” winter Academy of 2010, thanks to his wife’s prompting. He got right in the groove, becoming Type 2 by the fall and participating in many searches and medical details since then.

“One thing I love about the team is the fact that they (members) will teach you almost everything you need to know to be a successful searcher and first responder,” he says.

As an Eagle Scout, Ron learned the meaning of being prepared. But SAR taught him that “feeding the engine” – staying hydrated and fed – is key to being well prepared for searches. That piece of wisdom he attributes to Dick Danger (aka Rick Najarian).

For more than 10 years, Ron has been a member of the Emergency Response Team at the medical device manufacturer where he works as a quality engineer. Recently, though, it was his SAR medical skills that were put to use when he was the first responder on scene with a stroke victim at the County Fair. While he describes the situation as scary, he was impressed by the team effort that went into helping the subject.

“Fortunately, all that EMR training kicked in and the rest of the team was there to help almost immediately,” he says. “There is nothing like the feeling I get when helping someone. It makes it all worthwhile.”