The Smith Mountain Lake Association presented posthumous awards for two lake icons during its annual town hall meeting Aug. 1.
Larry Iceman, former director of SMLA’s water quality program, who died April 30 at age 72, was honored with a resolution from the Virginia House of Delegates honoring his work in the community. Del. Charles Poindexter, R-Franklin County, read the resolution and provided a copy to his wife, Beatrice, who was in attendance.
“During his time with the Smith Mountain Lake Association, Larry Iceman coordinated a weekly water quality monitoring program, as well as clean-up initiatives, becoming known as a ‘custodian of the lake,’” Poindexter said.
Also, the late V.T. “Slim” Crawford and his wife, Jane, were awarded the Melvin S. Johnston Citizen Volunteer Award for their work with the Scruggs Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
SMLA board member Jim Colby presented the award to Jane Crawford. “The citizens of Smith Mountain Lake thank you, Jane and Slim, for your tireless dedication and competence to making this a safe place to reside, work and play,” Colby said.
Crawford died May 23 at age 77.
Cpl. Sonny Daniels, of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office, and former Bedford Life Saving Crew volunteer Brandi Hudson were presented with the Smith Mountain Lake Water Safety Council Lifesaving Award. They were honored for their efforts to save a 1-year-old child at the SML State Park last year.
Both Daniels and Hudson were off duty at the park when the child was found unresponsive and not breathing. They both performed CPR and were able to revive the boy.
The Karl Martin Water Safety Award was given to longtime lake advocate Bruce Dungan. He was instrumental in creating the Virginia Safe Boating Alliance and for passing Virginia’s boater education requirement in 2008.
He continues to chair and serve on several boater safety organizations.
“Bruce is unique in the duration, depth and range of his focus on boating safety for both Smith Mountain Lake and the state of Virginia,” said SMLA board member Randy Stow, who presented the award.
“We are honored to have him as both a boating community leader and friend.”
Dungan thanked SMLA for the award, as well as honoring the man the award is named for. He said Karl Martin, longtime officer for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries who retired earlier this year, worked tirelessly to protect the lake for nearly 50 years.
“It is truly an honor to receive an award named for him,” Dungan said.
This year’s town hall meeting also included topics such as boating courtesy and safety.
Stow asked boaters who participate in tow sports, including wakesurfing, to stay at least 200 feet away from people, docks or other boaters, keep their music at a minimum and move to different areas of the lake.
“Don’t irritate the same person a lot, but a lot of people once,” he said.
Stow also encouraged residents to report incidents that are caused by boat wakes to the Tri-County Lakes Administrative Commission.
Those reports could be used to push for more regulations on wake-producing boats.
Reports can be made on the TLAC website at sml.us.com or by phone at 721- 4400.