David A. Shrader
Southern Shores - David A. Shrader, 62, passed away at his
home October 26, 2017. He was surrounded
by his loving family and a good dog.
Dave was a kind and compassionate man. He worked a lifetime of caring for people and
improving the systems that responded to emergencies. Dave started in EMS in 1972 as an EMT. He founded the high angle rescue squad that
responded to emergencies in Greenville, SC’s mountainous areas. He was an EMT, then Paramedic. As his love for caring for people grew he
moved into supervisory roles of EMS systems.
He mentored many first responders and he guided the way cities and
counties responded to medical emergencies.
Dave founded The Polaris Group, an EMS consulting firm that
helps communities redesign their first response systems. His work refined how many communities
dispatch ambulances to emergencies. His
work spanned systems all across the country.
His colleagues say that his work “quite literally has saved millions of
Another long-time colleague said “Dave was a charismatic and
inspirational man who contributed so much to the lives of people around him,
and to the lives of people who will never know him or what he did through his
work. His impact on society will live on
as a great testament to him.”
Dave also gave a huge part of his life to helping the
communities he lived in. He was a member
of the Southern Shores Volunteer Fire Department for 12 years. He was promoted to Deputy Chief and helped
guide the department through many improvements.
Dave not only spent his life rescuing people, he was always
a fan of a good rescue dog. Many lucky
four- footed family members graced his side through the years.
Dave loved adventure.
He was a long-time pilot who was as happy to fly right-side up or upside
down or a floatplane to Alaska. In his younger years he was an avid rock
climber. He loved to sail and be on the
water. He kayaked, camped and adventured
all across North America from Alaska to Baja Mexico and many places in
between. He loved to travel and explore
new places. Most of these wonderful
adventures were shared with his loving wife Jeanne.
Dave is survived by his wife Jeanne, father Conrad Shrader,
sister Nancy McHorney, her husband and their two children. He was predeceased by his mother
Patricia. Many good rescue dogs will
also be waiting to greet him on the other side.
The family is hosting a drop-in for snacks and a sunset at
the residence Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 5-7. Please join us if you can.
In lieu of flowers the family
request donations be made to any of the following: National EMS Memorial
Service, the animal shelter of your choice or Interfaith Community Outreach, a
local charity on the Outer Banks.
http://www.national-ems-memorial.org/ an organization that takes care of
the families of EMS workers killed in the line of duty.
EMS Memorial Service
P.O. Box 279
Oilville, VA 23129-0602
Outreach https://www.interfaithoutreach.com an organization that takes care of people facing a temporary
Condolences to the
family may be expressed via the online register at
www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services Inc. was entrusted with