On Tuesday, Feb. 10, Klickitat County Sheriff Rick McComas thanked the volunteers of the county's Search & Rescue organization at a dinner and meeting in Goldendale.
Sheriff McComas and undersheriff Erik Anderson praised the many volunteers for their dedication and long hours, noting that the volunteers' level of training made them specialists that lifted an enormous workload from the sheriff's office and the uniform deputies.
Eight in-county missions and five mutual-aid out-of-county missions were completed in 2008, with thousands of additional volunteer hours logged for trainings, assisting at The Gorge Games and facilitating 21 new graduates from our SAR Academy.
Sheriff McComas personally recognized SAR Coordinator Jeff King, SAR President Zane Kerns and all the members for their years of service and inspiration to achieve the current level of readiness and training enjoyed by the organization.
Undersheriff Anderson pledged his support to keep Search & Rescue a priority of the department.
Special awards of embroidered "Klickitat Search & Rescue" jackets were awarded to "Rookie of the Year" Martin Nagel and "Volunteer of the Year" Pat Gray.
The awards ceremony was concluded and a sumptuous potluck dinner was served, with an endless selection of specialties supplied the volunteers.