Staff Members

Command Staff

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Russ Frazier, MD
Chief

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.

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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.

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Justin Faulkner
Assistant Chief, Administration & Training

Assistant Chief Faulkner has been a member of KCR since January 2018 and was promoted to Assistant Chief in January 2020. In addition to this, Chief Faulkner also serves as a full time Rescue Technician, as well as a Firefighter/EMT for Rural Metro Fire Department & AMR Ambulance Service. He was awarded Knox County Rescue Shift Qualified Member of the Year for 2018 & 2019. He has numerous certifications in technical rescue aspects to include: Swift Water, Dive, Vehicle Rescue, Confined Space, Structural Collapse, Trench Rescue, and Emergency Rope Rescue. Additionally, he holds instructor certifications in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation & Emergency Medical Response. Born & raised in Fountain City, a suburb of Knoxville, he’s a true native of the area. Graduating from Central High School in 2014 and attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville while also working full time for the University of Tennessee Police Department as a Communications Officer before joining KCR in January of 2018. He is in a relationship with his beautiful girlfriend of two years, Savannah. She is a Senior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville majoring in Journalism & Electronic Media.

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Dustin Bolen
Captain

Bio Coming Soon

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Hugh Laxton
Captain

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.

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Will Steward
Captain

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Support Staff

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Julie Green
Coordinator, Community Outreach

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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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