Sheriff honors rescuers

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue team's invaluable dedication to the safety of the county's citizens and visitors many times goes unnoticed. Sheriff Tom Sheahan has honored Search and Rescue personnel with the Sheriff's Office Life-Saving Award.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue under Sheahan is made up of two sergeants and 100 search and rescue volunteers. This tremendous group of highly trained volunteers has been responsible for saving dozens of lives over the years.

Mohave County, primarily a rural area of more than 13,000 square miles, presents a unique challenge for search and rescue operations.

MCSO Search and Rescue units have been on about 100 missions over the last two and one half years.

According to the Arizona Revised Statutes, one of the sheriff's mandated duties is to conduct or coordinate search or rescue operations involving the life or safety of any person within the county. MCSO also assists in such operations in other counties at the request of the other county's sheriff, and can request assistance from any people or agencies in the fulfillment of the search and rescue duties.