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Fall 2018 – President’s Letter

October 31, 2018

From January through September of 2018, Snohomish County Volunteer Search & Rescue members have been called out on 111 missions amounting to 16,754 hours of volunteer community service. We are 100% volunteers; we have no staff and not one of our members is paid. We are reaching out to you because we cannot do this alone. We need your financial support. With your help, we will replace specialized safety equipment to keep our rescuers safe in steep terrain. With your help, we will be able to repair our specialized hoist system on the rescue helicopter so that we can give aid to critically injured persons in hazardous wilderness areas. With your help, we will continue to support advanced training to improve our search and rescue skills. With your help, we will be better prepared to save lives. Take a moment right now to send a generous contribution of $50, $100 or more to help us save lives. We are not a government agency – we are primarily funded by people like you! Your help makes you part of our lifesaving team! Please consider establishing a legacy endowment to provide enduring support to SCVSAR – so “That Others May Live!” Sincerely […]

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Spring 2018 – President’s Letter

May 4, 2018

We’ve had major changes for Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue with personnel movement in the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office SAR leadership since the last newsletter. With the retirement of Sergeant Danny Wikstrom and the career move of Sergeant Scot Fenter, Sergeant John Adams will be picking up the reins. These changes were the first in a very long time and brought out a variety of emotions. As with any change in circumstances, our SAR volunteers masterfully reviewed the situation, addressed any concerns, and became resolute in our support of the decisions these fine men made. Amidst all of the change and recognition of service, there was a lingering feeling of loss that was so eloquently addressed by Mike Loney, one of our senior and very sage members. As many members were lamenting loss, Mike spoke of how we are to carry on by recognizing what has been given to us by the experiences we’ve had, the support we’ve been provided, the friendship, and the camaraderie. I invite you to read Mike’s tribute and to remember that you, our public support, are also a big part of what makes Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue what it is. Each time you […]

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Meet our New SAR Sargent, John Q. Adams

Sgt. John Q. Adams has been with the Snohomish County Sheriff since he left the U.S. Marine Corps in 1996. John served 10 years as a patrol deputy in South Snohomish County and was promoted to Master Patrol Deputy while there. He has served in Property Crimes, as a member of SWAT and as a Dive Team member. He is also a member of Everett Mountain Rescue. John has a strong interest in the wilderness of Snohomish County and began preparing to apply for the SAR Sargent position before it was open. He went on a few missions to get to know how SAR operated, learn policies and be ready when the job opened. This year our SAR Sargent for the last 22+ years, Sgt. Danny Wikstrom, retired. Sgt. Adams was ready and applied for the position. He received his appointment to SAR Sargent in February and is ready just in time for the 2018 rescue season. We look forward to working with Sgt. Adams!

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One Donation Can Make All the Difference

  Since our founding more than 50 years ago, the generosity of donors has allowed us to continue our mission to bring home the lost and missing. Donations to SCVSAR are made for many reasons. Maybe it’s because we’ve rescued a love one stranded on a mountain; you find the work we do to be worth supporting; or you are looking for a way to make a difference. Perhaps you’ve thought about making a charitable gift to us but you aren’t able to afford it right now. Virtually everyone has the power to give a gift larger than he or she ever dreamed possible. A bequest can be made through a will or trust. Or, it can simply be made by listing SCVSAR as a beneficiary of a bank account, IRA, life insurance policy, company retirement plan, pension, annuity or other instrument that allows you to designate funds to a beneficiary. Leaving a bequest through your will or trust is easy using simple language as follows (always check with your attorney to be sure that you have the appropriate legal advice): “I give X dollars or X percent or all of the residue of my estate to Snohomish County Volunteer […]

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SAR Sgt. Danny Wikstrom, A Life of Service

On March 24, 2018, several hundred friends and colleagues came together to honor and recognize Sgt. Danny Wikstrom and his many years of service to our community. Here is just some of his story, along with a very moving tribute from a long-time search and rescue volunteer. Danny was raised in Sequim, WA and he joined the Sheriff Explorers there at age 14. At 18 years of age he became a dispatcher and reserve police officer with the Sequim Police Dept. One day his friend and fellow officer said he was going to take the exam to apply to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office for work. He said Danny should come along and apply as well. Danny asked, “Where is Snohomish County?” His friend said near Everett. Then Danny asked, “Where is Everett?” and his friend said near Seattle. Off they both went to take the exam, and both were hired. Now 35 years later Danny is retiring from law enforcement, with about 21+ of those years spent with Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue. It would take a book to tell you about Danny’s career with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. We will take editorial license and condense it. […]

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Fall 2017 – President’s Letter

October 30, 2017

Randy Fay, Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue President While we are still actively engaged in the 2017 rescue season, I have been reflecting on the year to date. We started off at a frantic pace as the late snow melt created problems for climbers and hikers anxious to get into the mountains and this resulted in many rescues. From mid-season until now we have had an unsettling number of tragedies to deal with in water related accidents. Now we face the transition into our Fall and Winter outdoor activities seasons. Time for all of us to lay out our gear and start advanced planning related to the hazards and challenges that the colder weather will bring to the surface. It is more important than ever to carry your 10 essentials plus. Hypothermia is our greatest enemy in the cold and wet weather of the northwest and is a strong contributor to having a worse outcome in an emergency. Please plan carefully and prudently. SCVSAR will be well prepared to help should you encounter unexpected difficulties. Our teams are constantly training for the challenges that each season brings. Enjoy the Fall season in the mountains and stay safe.

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Spring 2017: President’s Letter

April 13, 2017

Randy Fay, Snohomish County Volunteer Search and Rescue President As we kind of “slop” our way into this year’s Spring season our personnel are emerging from a winter of extensive training in all disciplines, refurbishing equipment, pre-planning for the upcoming remote area rescue season and conducting our recently held Safety Summit.  We recognize that maintaining a strong vigilance related to safety can be a perishable skill so annually we stand down the organization to conduct a day of safety-themed classes and equipment inspection.  Our highest priority as an organization is to focus on the things that will ensure the safety of our members and those we serve. As our eyes turn to the approaching increase in our mission workload I want to encourage you to conduct your own family safety summit as you prepare to return to enjoying your outdoor sports and recreation.  Please haul out your equipment, check it over, think through the risks you may be exposed to this season and plan accordingly. As we look back on 50 years of service to the community, we also look forward to serving for years to come!  Stay tuned as we roll out some celebratory events this year! Thank you for your […]

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