Staff Members



Russ Frazier, MD

Dr. Russ Frazier is a native of Knoxville, TN, a graduate of The University  of Tennessee with a degree in Psychology, earned his Doctor of Medicine from The University of TN Memphis and completed one year in a Trauma residency followed by four years in Anesthesia at UT Medical Center.  Dr. Frazier joined KVERS in 1984 and has extensive training in the field of emergency medicine.  He practices medicine at Methodist Medical Center where he also serves as the group’s President. He has served on various boards and volunteered with many community groups.  As the SWAT Tactical Physician for Knox County Sheriff’s Department, he received the medal of valor for outstanding performance in emergency situations.  Dr. Frazier has served as the Chief of KCR since 2012 and is dedicated to providing Knox County with the highest level of emergency rescue services. He has been married to his wife, Kim,  since 1996 and they have two sons.


John Whited,
Deputy Chief

Deputy Chief Whited has been a member of KVERS since 1987. He has spent many years educating
emergency service agencies with the wide-ranging aspects of technical rescue. In addition to serving as
Deputy Chief, he is also the Executive Director for Knox County Rescue. He is a past Chief for KCR, and he has held several positions within the organization. Furthermore, he has assisted with the development of East Tennessee’s Search and Rescue Task Force, has served as vice chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Commission and is an instructor for technical rescue services including structural collapse, vehicle rescue and rope rescue.


Alex Dixon,
Assistant Chief, Administration

Alex Dixon, formerly of Cumberland, Kentucky, has been a Knoxville Resident since 2008. He has a significant background in Information Systems, and is currently employed as a Respiratory Care Practitioner with the Trauma Team at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he has been employed for over a decade. He has served on several higher-education boards and committees, and has also been the recipient of numerous awards. Alex comes to us from a long line of Public Servants and first joined KCR in September of 2016.


Dustin Bolen,


Hugh Laxton,

Hugh Laxton is a native of Knoxville.  He has been a member of KCR since 1982.  He has held a number of positions within this organization. Currently he is the Specialty Teams Captain, overseeing the Dive Team, Heavy Rescue Team, and Cave/Vertical Team.  He serves on several state committees on EMS and is a Captain with the Knoxville Fire Department.


Will Steward,


Julie Green,
Community Outreach


Charlotte McLawhorn,
Administrative Assistant

Charlotte is a Knoxville native. A former Government Compliance Auditor, she joined the KCR team in 2017 bringing 10+ years of accounting background.

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