“What is a Superhero?” Ask a child and they will probably tell you a superhero is someone like that of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc. Superhero’s will have the ability to fly without a plane or stop bullets with their hands or bracelets. Superhero’s always look real good before and after a battle. They always come out on top and are praised the world over. Now ask a child who was just delivered into the arms of anxious parents after have been missing for over a day. What is a superhero? They will say it’s those people over there wearing bright reflective clothing, carrying backpack and first aid kits. They are the real Superhero’s. Those non-descript bunch of people whose only thing they have in common are Hi Viz clothing and a desire to bring help, happiness, or closure to someone else’s extraordinary situation. A group of people who lead everyday lives with family, friends, jobs, and bills. People who, in the persona of Supermans,”Clark Kent,” when called upon, will kick into action by donning their reflective gear, loading their backpacks, and reporting for duty. A group of people who have taken the time to form a cohesive unit and train to first responder standards and practices. People who use their time, money, and energy to help those who are in need and to make this world just a little bit better. To quote a first responder, “these things we do, so that others may live.” You want to know who real Superhero’s are, just ask that recently united child and her parents.
We are doing great things in 2017! Last year our member ran organization voted to add K9 to our resource list and I am so happy to report that after a year of hard work, we now have 3 Bloodhounds for Mission requests. Enfield handler Adam Richardson K9-1 are both Urban/Wilderness qualified, Kinsey & Stella handler Martha Stone K9-3 are both Urban qualified and currently working on their wilderness. Handler Dave Richards K9-2 has been training his Bloodhounds for qualifications also. A huge thanks to Corky & Darla with West Coast Search Dogs for helping get our Bloodhounds verified on the Urban/Wilderness qualifications. We honestly could not have done this without them and the backing of our Organization as well as the Thurston County Sheriff's Office support for approval. So proud to have SAR K9 back in Thurston County after going over 7 years without.
Very proud Captain here!
What a Unit we have in SPSMSAR I am so proud to call all of you my Family. We are always there for each other whenever or what ever the need may be having each others backs as a team should. SPSMSAR have been working so hard on K-9 efforts this year many countless hours of training and a lot of unpleasant weather conditions it will be all worth it when the Bloodhounds find their first lost subject in a real life situation, not a training scenario. I can not wait to see the look of excitement on the subjects, K-9 & handlers faces it will truly be priceless! "So others may live!" ~Captain
As the Captain of SPSMSAR I do have a somewhat bias opinion. This SAR unit is the best organization I've ever been a part of. We are some of the most dedicated, giving, and caring individuals you'll ever meet. Being a part of this group is like having a second family. We all bring something special to the table that makes us whole. Knowing I have a group of friends that have my back and allow me to be a part of giving back to our community is a wonderful feeling. Our willingness to share our experiences, learn, and grow together is invaluable. We have been a huge part of reuniting loved ones, providing support, and focusing on the greater good of our society. All this while having fun enjoying the great outdoors, improving our skills, and enjoying the company of some wonderful folks.
I could go on and on about South Puget Sound Mobile Search and Rescue. If you'd like to know more specifics about who we are and what we do, feel free to visit our website spsmsar.org, join us at our monthly team meeting, or contact us directly.
Thank you Captain for such a wonderful review