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Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad



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 KVERS 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 Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad. He is a past
Chief for KVERS, 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 KVERS in September of 2016.


Dustin Bolen,


Hugh Laxton,

Hugh Laxton is a native of Knoxville.  He has been a member of KVERS 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 KVERS team in 2017 bringing 10+ years of accounting background.



Ken Cassell,


Van Elkins,


Kim Frazier,
Board Secretary &
Community Outreach

Kim Frazier has lived in Knoxville, TN since her marriage to Dr. Russ Frazier in 1996.  Kim graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Business Administration as a recipient of the Madison County, AL Junior Miss Scholarship.  As the Executive Director of Hallmark Rehabilitation, Kim worked with TennCare to enable elementary school age children to receive PT, OT and Speech services while at school as a part of their insurance coverage benefits.   Kim enjoyed developing Human Resources practices for Bandit Lites, Inc. where she was recognized for her performance.  Kim has served on many diverse board of directors, acted as committee chair and led the start up efforts for local non-profits.  She has volunteered as an HR Consultant for Knoxville Leadership and has founded two community groups, Hardin Valley Supports a Middle School and Hardin Valley Planning Advocates.  She is a passionate public servant and a devoted mother of two boys.  Kim joined our board to assist with fundraising, board development, strategic planning and community outreach in 2013.

Michelle Anningson


Bob Colloredo


Denise Douglass

Denise Douglas moved to Knoxville, TN from Georgetown, Kentucky 20 years ago. She spent 25 years working for Fortune 100 companies including American Express and Verizon Enterprise Services.  In 2014 she opened The UPS Store in Hardin Valley and today represents The Creel Group @ Keller Williams Realty. She is married into a long line of VFL’s and has 3 sons ages 26, 23 and 12. She sits on the board of East Tennessee Technology Access Center, The AD Foundation, past president of Susannah’s House, chairperson for Gals and Glamour for Second Harvest and joined the board of KVERS February of 2017.


R.E. Foust


Walter Idol


Wade Sexton


R. Larry Smith