BayFirst’s Rick McElrath receives 2017 Victor Roulund Rescue Swimmer Meritorious Achievement Award

Jul 18, 2017 by Ben Cole Category: Awards, News, USCG

The United States Coast Guard Aviation Association, a fraternal organization of Coast Guard pilots commonly known as the ‘Ancient Order of The Pterodactyl,’ has awarded BayFirst Solutions employee Richard McElrath the 2017 Victor Roulund Rescue Swimmer Meritorious Achievement Award. McElrath will be recognized during an awards banquet in Atlantic City, NJ at the annual Ancient Order of the Pterodactyl “Roost”, later this year.

Rick McElrath, USCG (Ret.)

Since 2007, McElrath has served in various capacities at the USCG Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, NC, where BayFirst Solutions has a regional office. His efforts during FY2015 earned recognition from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the successful recapitalization of more than 2000 Personal Locator Beacons across all 26 Coast Guard Air Stations and the development of a new parachute deployment rig for the International Ice Patrol.

“As a Coast Guard retired aviator and proud Pterodactyl, it was my honor to nominate Rick for the 2017 Victor Rouland award. Rick is a prime example of the kind of leaders that BayFirst brings to every client. His distinguished career as a rescue swimmer, his professional and technical expertise as an Aviation Survivalman made him a strong candidate for this lifetime achievement. It is my privilege to be his fellow Coast Guard aviator, veteran, and colleague,” said Scott Buttrick, who oversees BayFirst’s client services to the Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center at Elizabeth City, NC.

“I’m proud to congratulate Rick McElrath on this accomplishment,” said BayFirst Senior Vice President Tommey Meyers, who oversees all the company’s work with the U.S. Coast Guard. “We intentionally seek the top people to join our team, and our employees are consistently winning awards for their hard work, volunteer efforts, and personal and professional accomplishments.”

The Victor Roulund Rescue Swimmer award was established in 2015 by the Coast Guard Aviation Association to honor  Roulund’s voluntary acceptance of an extreme rescue attempt in 1955. After being hoisted down to a trailer home that was floating down the flooded Yuba River in Northern California, Rouland used hand tools to break into the nearly submerged home and rescued a completely disabled woman. During 12 hours of nonstop rescue efforts, Roulund and his team saved a total of 138 people and were subsequently awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

“Rick, like the excellent leaders across all BayFirst teams, is one of those people who go above and beyond the call of duty in service to others. This significant award could not have been given to a finer, more deserving Coast Guard veteran,” Meyers added.


Founded in 2002, BayFirst Solutions LLC is a strategic management and technology consulting firm that helps government agencies plan, manage and execute programs that enhance public safety and homeland security.

In addition to corporate offices in the District of Columbia, BayFirst teams presently operate across the nation, partnering with public sector clients to deliver impactful results in the areas of security risk management, network engineering and cybersecurity, aviation and marine engineering, integrated logistics modernization, strategic planning and acquisitions.

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