Larry Rain, Ohio SEC SK

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  1. KC8ULU

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    Larry Rain, WD8IHP, Ohio Section Emergency Coordinator for almost 4
    years, became a silent key Tuesday, September 9th, after suffering a
    massive coronary at his home in Mansfield, Ohio. He was 64. He leaves
    his wife, Bonnie, N8XLU, and two children.

    Before taking Ohio's top emergency coordination job, Larry
    served his local club, InterCity ARC in Mansfield for more than two
    decades in every office possible. He was county emergency coordinator,
    and served for nine years as DEC. During that time Larry also became the
    driving force in the formulation of the SKYWARN program throughout
    Northern Ohio.

    Before retiring after almost three decades of service, Larry
    was a professional fire investigator for the City of Mansfield Fire
    Department and was part of hundreds of arson investigations for the
    Richland County Sheriff's Department.

    "He was just the perfect SEC," said Ohio Section Manager, Joe
    Phillips, K8QOE, "Because his professional life prepared him well for
    understanding the dynamics of volunteer communications groups (ham
    radio) with civil emergency groups. He seasoned this knowledge with
    great humor and a common touch which earned the respect of all 88 Ohio
    county emergency groups he supervised and the governmental agencies,
    both state and local, he worked with."

    Larry was appointed SEC on January 2, 2000, and immediately
    began to fill vacancies in the EC positions throughout Ohio - reducing
    the vacancies from 24 to eight in a matter of months. He also
    immediately began making Ohio's traffic nets a major part of the state's
    emergency response plan. Along with Ohio Single Side Band Net officials,
    Larry arranged procedures for DECs to call the OSSBN into emergency
    session when necessary - a major improvement in the Ohio Response Plan.

    As the SEC in the state which hosts the Dayton Hamvention,
    Larry organized the Amateur Radio Emergency Service forum at Hamvention
    the past three years - always having personators from ARRL Headquarters
    at Newington. SECs throughout the country knew and respected Larry's
    work in Ohio.

    He was always on the road throughout Ohio in performance of
    his duties. Just this past weekend, Larry participated in the Great
    Lakes Division Convention in Findlay.

    "He handled leadership with great perspective - always taking
    his duties seriously but never himself seriously" said SM Phillips,
    "Everyone working with Larry was always at ease because that was the law
    Larry wanted it."
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