The United States Navy SEALs are regarded as the most fierce and revered warriors in the world. The SEALs’ valiant exploits are usually unsung by the populace they have often protected. Andy Wirth found some members of the SEALs invaluable in his recovery from nearly dying in a freak skydiving accident. Click the links to read more: Update on CEO Andy Wirth and his letter and Special Warfare Warrior | Andy Wirth’s Fundraiser
Although he had been a very experienced self-sufficient back country ranger, he was in a new realm of pain and survival as he lay bleeding on the ground in a vineyard, his arm laying beside him, severed by a pole as he landed. He clamped the exposed spurting artery with his remaining hand and prepared to die.
His recovery started with being airlifted to a hospital, then emergency surgery to reattach his arm. More surgeries followed and a long dark period of excruciating recovery. His body with through the usual changes that people who had been in great physical shape face while bedridden for a long period of time. Learn more about Andy Wirth: https://about.me/andywirth and http://squawalpine.com/explore/blog/andy-wirth-elected-chairman-reno-tahoe-regional-air-service-corporation
His muscles atrophied and his spirit fell down into a depressing pit. As Andy Wirth faced the reality of a very long struggle to return to full health, he was greatly assisted by a new friendship with certain members of the Navy SEALs team. They are a group of people who are intimately familiar with traumatic injuries and painful challenging recovery.
They helped him buck up, take courage, and lean into the pain to become more than he had been before the accident. Wirth joined with them to form a “Special Warfare Warrior” team who trained together to compete in the famed IRONMAN Triathalon.
After a full and most rigorous recovery, Wirth’s team competed in the 2015 IRONMAN race at Lake Tahoe, CA. They enlisted sponsors in order to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation, which helps the families of anyone involved in Naval Special Warfare.
As the CEO of Lake Tahoe’s Squaw Valley Ski Resort, Andy Wirth has not only made a full and most-remarkable recovery, he has also become a strong leader in his community. Some years of drought in the area had hit the ski resort industry hard.
Some local people in the North Shore area nearby tried a move to get the whole area incorporated, which Andy Wirth saw would actually be quite detrimental to many businesses and individuals who were long-term residents. His success has led to him being invited to Chair the Board of Directors of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority. Read more about the problems of incorporation in this article in the Reno-Gazette Journal. Find out the details of Wirth’s solution to the problem, and about his Appointment as Chairman.