Showing posts with label Pinal County Search and Rescue. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pinal County Search and Rescue. Show all posts

A huge thanks to Pinal County Search & Rescue

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Yesterday evening around 8:30, Suzi received a phone call from my sister-in-law telling us that my brother had gone hiking for the day and had not returned home.  She was wondering if she should be concerned.  After hearing the details, we quickly decided we all were concerned.   The area where they had gone hiking was under the jurisdiction of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.  These two very experienced hikers had set out in one of the most remote/rugged areas in North America, the Superstition Mountains in central Arizona for a 12 mile day hike.  Despite the remote location, limited information and the late hour,  a search began around 2 a.m.   By 3:30 a.m. my brother and his friend were spotted by the state police helicopter in a remote area that was too rough for a helicopter to land.  GPS coordinates were locked in and the volunteers spent the next approximate 8 hours hiking to the men and leading them out.   You could look at this and remember the fears, apprehension, failure of a personal GPS device and many other factors.  My brother and his friend were gone for over 31 hours from the time they started to the time they got back to their vehicles.   They had strayed miles from their intended course.   What we found to be very humbling was the group of men and women who woke up in the middle of the night, used their own resources, skipped their work day and dedicated themselves to help total strangers.   These men and women were positive, reassuring and hard working.  They are true blessings to our family, and to future people in need......

 
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