ACA Instructor Trainers Receive Higgins and Langley Awards - ACA

Jun 18, 2024

ACA Instructor Trainers Receive Higgins and Langley Awards

Higgins and Langley 2024

The Higgins and Langley Memorial Awards in Swiftwater Rescue honor outstanding achievement in the technical rescue discipline of swiftwater and flood rescue. They are not heroism awards, but rather recognize preparedness, teamwork, and a job well done, sometimes under extreme conditions, where training is vital to the success of rescue missions, as well as the safety of rescue personnel. This award program is directly supported by the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals (IAWRP).

The ACA is proud to recognize Instructor Trainer Julie Munger and Instructor Trainer Educator Mike Mather as 2024 recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Incident Reward, respectively.

Congratulations Julie and Mike – we are so humbled and honored by your great achievements in the field of swiftwater rescue!


Lifetime Achievement Award: Reserved for those few individuals who (because of their work, actions, influence, and dedication) make a significant and lasting impact in the field of swiftwater and flood rescue. Criteria include time-honored or notable results. Lifetime Achievement Awards represent the pinnacle accomplishment for an individual’s career.

Incident Award: A specific water rescue, recovery operation, or prolonged mission that clearly demonstrates outstanding training, skill and preparedness in a swiftwater or flood rescue. Incident nomination can be individual, multiple individuals, and/or teams.


History: The Higgins & 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 and swiftwater rescue pioneer, who lost his life in a helicopter incident in 1993. Learn more on their website.