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Mohave Search and Rescue raising funds during county fair

A Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue member uses the classic “belly flop” technique to enter the Colorado River during swift water rescue training at Big Bend on the Nevada side of the Colorado River. The technique helps rescuers avoid hitting their heads on obstructions that may be below the surface, such as a rock or tree branch. (BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy)

A Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue member uses the classic “belly flop” technique to enter the Colorado River during swift water rescue training at Big Bend on the Nevada side of the Colorado River. The technique helps rescuers avoid hitting their heads on obstructions that may be below the surface, such as a rock or tree branch. (BUTCH MERIWETHER/Courtesy)

KINGMAN - The Mohave County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Kingman Unit will host an informational booth about the unit and its mission Sept. 17-20 during the Mohave County Fair. A fundraiser also is planned.

MCSO SAR is an all-volunteer organization with more than 100 members covering all of Mohave County. The unit's mission is to assist the MCSO in serving the community by carrying out missions and other duties assigned to them by the sheriff.

As its name implies, the main purpose is to assist the MCSO in the search for lost individuals, and if needed, to rescue them. They also help in evidence searches, body recoveries, security at community events and traffic control, and also provide assistance during fires and other disasters.

Since SAR is a volunteer organization, the members pay for many expenses out of their own pockets. Each member buys his or her personal equipment and outfits his or her own vehicle.

Fundraiser prizes include a Double Tap Tactical Pocket .45 ACP Pistol donated by The Gun Shop, an EEA Witness PL Parona 9mm Pistol donated Bank Street Guns, $400 toward the purchase of four tires donated by Great West Tire, and one free ram or boar hunt donated by Dunton Ranch.

Proceeds will be used to purchase the unit's equipment, specialized gear and to further the members' training.

For further information about the MCSO SAR or the fundraiser, contact Kingman Unit Capt. Louie Vega at (928) 530-2824, Buffalo Hayden at (928) 757-3248 and/or stop by the informational booth during the county fair.