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Caroline Gale Hebard

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Caroline Hebard, 63, passed away Monday, October 22 in her home after a heroic battle with cancer. She was born on June 20, 1944, in Santiago, Chile. The daughter of a British diplomat, Caroline grew up in four continents and became fluent in six languages. Her spirit of volunteerism shaped both her life and her career. Best known for her work with search and rescue, Caroline was the Co-founder of the U.S. Disaster Response Team and was internationally recognized for earthquake rescue missions in Mexico, Armenia, Japan and Turkey. She also participated with her canine partners in rescue and recovery operations involving bridge collapses, floods, fires, and lost persons in wilderness environments. For her work, she was honored by presidents, kings, queens and communities. Caroline Hebard lived her life with determination, independence and courage.

Caroline is survived by her husband, Arthur F. Hebard, married for 39 years; four children: Joanne H. Laguna, Andrew R. Hebard, Alastair G. Hebard, and Heather H. Watts; a brother, Ian Gale; a sister, Sigrid Rodgers, and four grandchildren: Andrew P. Laguna, Valerie M. Laguna, Stella Klestinec Hebard, and Riley B. Watts.

Memorial contributions may be made in Caroline's name to the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR).

Arrangements are under the care of WILLIAMS-THOMAS FUNERAL HOME WESTAREA, 823 NW 143rd Street.



Published in Gainesville Sun from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, 2007
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