Ken Gaydos gets a posthumous honor from Red Cross

Jan 13, 2019

The Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross recognized the late Ken Gaydos, founder, president and “custodian-in-charge” of International Chaplains Ministries and Support 7 as its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient.

For 45 years, Gaydos was the first one to respond when a call came out, and his presence brought peace and compassion to victims of crisis and first responders all across Snohomish County.

Ken’s son, Tim Gaydos, accepted the award on behalf of his family, his mother Lois, and his three siblings.

“If my Dad were here, I’m not sure we could get him to accept this award, he would truly always deflect praise,” he said. “But if he were here I think he would say this: ‘I cannot wait to lay all of my awards and crowns down for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.’”

After a bout with cancer, Ken Gaydos, 79, died in September.

Gaydos was the longest serving police/fire chaplain in Washington, and one of longest in the United States. He established chaplaincies on every continent except Antarctica.

Because of his reputation, he was called to respond to national tragedies such as Oklahoma City bombing and the September 11 attacks to serve and mentor chaplains during these major incidents.

Since 1981, under Gaydos’ leadership, Support 7 has served the southwest Snohomish County community and its fire and police agencies with a private gathering place for victims and survivors at on-scene events of crisis.

Support 7 is made up of trained, compassionate police and fire chaplains along with Incident Response Team volunteers who each year serves hundreds of local families in their darkest moments. This team responds alongside our local police and fire first responders to local high-profile events such as fires, search and rescue operations, and suicide and crime-scene scenarios.


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