It is with great sadness Transylvania County Rescue Squad announced the passing of one of their founding members, lifetime member, and Board of Directors, James ‘Jim’ Ray Kellar.

Jim passed away surrounded by family on September 18, 2023. He is remembered as a dedicated servant to his community who gave his life to serving the residents and visitors of Transylvania County. In 1961, he and a group of his peers saw a need for specialized rescue services in the county and stepped up to action by founding the Transylvania County Rescue Squad.

For the following 62 years, he never stopped having involvement with the organization he helped build. Until his passing, he served as one of six boards of directors that helped guide the department to this day.

Donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 562, Brevard, NC 28712.

– Photos courtesy of Transylvania Co. RS