CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-"I was just getting ready to have dinner with my wife, boom I had to leave"
Todd Wells has had to leave more and more in recent weeks as he and an elite team of volunteers keep hikers and cavers alive in the Tennessee Valley.
"we are always out doing this, so when we are doing it in a rescue form, it's a different kind of activity but we are still doing the same thing"Chattanooga Hamilton County
Rescue Chief Bob Lewis says their team has needed to be sharper than ever when dealing with Ellison's cave and rescues on Signal and Lookout Mtn.
"It's not something that you can just stop by some day and take a clinic or a course and say, i'm a rescue tech, you have got to put the time and attention into it, it's like any other skill, if you don't repeat it and continue to work on it, you're going to lose it"
Bob says it's important to remember these people voluntarily sacrifice their time and put their lives on the line.
"Everyone in our squad are volunteers, they take the time to learn these techniques, provide it to the community, they will put in hundreds of hours."
For High School English teacher Todd Well's keeping his phone charged could be the difference between life or death for someone in need.