NAME: Christopher Pumphrey of Glen Burnie
VOLUNTEER WORK: For three years, Christopher Pumphrey has been an active member in the local arm of the Civil Air Patrol (C.A.P.) Squadron 18023.
Cadet Pumphrey, a 1992 graduate of Glen Burnie High School, is the cadet deputy commander of the Arundel Composite Squadron, a Ground Search and Rescue Team member and an Emergency Services Mission Ground Search and Rescue Coordinator trainee.
The squadron meets weekly at the Glen Lutheran Church in Glen Burnie.
The Civil Air Patrol is the volunteer Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, founded in 1941. In addition to search and rescue missions, it maintains a nationwide communications network and cooperates with local and federal authorities in times of disaster relief or civil defense emergencies.
Cadet Pumphrey says he has been called out to emergencies in the middle of the night too many times to mention.
He says, "It takes a little while to get completely awake, but the adrenalin soon begins pumping at the thought of why you're being called. For this area, it's usually a downed aircraft."
Whenever an aircraft goes down, he says, a signal is automatically transmitted to a satellite from a mechanized unit on the aircraft. The signal is quickly channeled to local authorities, at which time the Civil Air Patrol and local emergency services are contacted to investigate.
Cadet Pumphrey has served on C.A.P. drill teams and participated in exercises at state, regional and national levels. In March, he competed in his second statewide Civil Air Patrol "Speak-Off," held in Smallwood Hall at Fort Meade and sponsored in part by Toastmasters International. He won the Impromptu category, thus advancing to regional competition that involves C.A.P. members from five other states and the District of Columbia.
For information on the Civil Air Patrol, call 787-9431 or 437-4056.
VOLUNTEER'S COMMENT: "It's interesting. It's a lot like the military in some ways," Cadet Pumphrey says of his participation in the Civil Air Patrol.
ORGANIZATION'S COMMENT: "He's a good one. He's been real active in the emergency service," says Capt. Bill Duke, assistant director of the Maryland Wing Cadet Program for the Civil Air Patrol.
To recommend someone to be in the "Volunteer Spotlight" call the Anne Arundel Bureau, 315-8911 or 1-800-829-8000, Ext. 8911, any time or fax nominations to 315-8916 or mail them to: The Sun For Anne Arundel, 8131 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena 21122.