Fundraising Campaign to Benefit Ellison’s Cave Rescuers

Caver Dwight Kempf who was injured after a fall in Georgia's Ellison's Cave.

Caver Dwight Kempf who was injured after a fall in Georgia’s Ellison’s Cave. Photo via

In response to last week’s massive rescue in Georgia’s Ellison’s Cave, friends and family of the now recovering Dwight Kempf have organized a fundraising campaign to benefit his rescuers.

Over 100 men and women responded to the call last Sunday, May 26th, after Kempf, 54 of Orefield, Pennsylvania, slipped and fell about 9 meters (30 feet) into a pit during a crossover from Incredible to Fantastic.

By the time he finally came to a stop he had broken his left femur and fractured the base of his skull.

Over the next 22 hours the crews worked first to stabilize Kempf, including giving him an in-cave blood transfusion, before, using a number of techniques, hauled him to the surface from a depth of more than 800 feet.

In critical condition, Kempf was then immediately flown to by Life Force helicopter to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where he is recovering.

In Lieu of sending flowers the family would like to send donations to the local cave rescues. Please reach into your pocket to help raise money for instruction and equipment so these angels can continue what they do best! – Susie Sanders Chiriano, Campaign Organizer

Ellison’s cave in Walker County is known for it’s vertical pitches, specifically the aforementioned 179 meter (586 foot) deep Fantastic and 134 meter (440 foot) deep Incredible, the deepest pits in the United States.

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  1. Caitlin
    June 7, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! The rescued caver is my dad, and I know he would not still be with us if it weren’t for the amazing rescuers. We hope we can raise awareness of how important it is to have trained cave rescue crews with proper equipment so that potential tragedies such as our dad’s fall can be handled with skill and averted.


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