Klickitat County Sheriff hosts Search & Rescue Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Front Row:
County Commissioner Jim Sizemore, Sheriff Bob Songer, Jane Lee, Dorothy Miller, Al Barrigar, SAR Coordinator Jeff King.
Back Row:
Chief Criminal Deputy Mike Kallio, Tim Hardin, Chief Civil Deputy Robert Bianchi, Russ Patton, Tom Ireland.

On Tuesday, January 9th 2018, Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer thanked the Klickitat County Search & Rescue volunteers at the annual appreciation night in Goldendale. Sheriff Songer, County Commissioner Jim Sizemore and SAR Coordinator Jeff King commended the volunteers for their dedication and commitment. In 2017 the Klickitat County SAR volunteers donated a total of 4,052 hours, including missions, training and public relations events. Sheriff Songer pledged his continued support for the Search & Rescue Program.

Sheriff Songer recognized each member and their families, saying how much he appreciated their contributions and dedication to the Search & Rescue Program. Commissioner Sizemore spoke of his pride in the character of the citizens in Klickitat County as evidenced by the SAR Volunteer’s level of dedication and professionalism in donating their time to helping people in their time of greatest need.

Three new members were recognized with commemorative SAR pins. Years-of-Service recognition went to Donald Morgan (posthumously) for 5 years and Eight members for 10 years of volunteer service, including Al Barrigar, Tim Hardin, Tom Ireland, Jane Lee, Dorothy Miller, Martin Nagel, Russ Patton and Al Morrongiello. Special recognition for 2017 was given to “Rookie of the Year”, Angie Hoffman and “Volunteer of the Year”, Dorothy Miller.

The awards ceremony was concluded with a potluck dinner.

Klickitat County Search & Rescue Volunteers are looking forward to another successful year in 2018 starting on January 16th with the Basic Training Academy. If you would like information about joining the Klickitat County Search & Rescue Team, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 509-773-4455 or read more about KCSAR activities and download an application at www.klickitatsar.org or follow “Klickitat County Search and Rescue” on Facebook.