Klickitat County Sheriff Hosts Search & Rescue Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Front Row – Sheriff Bob Songer, Scott Ellsworth; ten years of service, Dick Rogers; five years of service and Jeff King, KCSO SAR Coordinator. 
 Back Row – Leandra Paasch; Rookie of the Year, Jeff Adams; Volunteer of the Year, Deb Ireland; five years of service. 

On Tuesday, January 8th 2019, Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer thanked the Klickitat County Search & Rescue volunteers at the annual appreciation night in Goldendale. Sheriff Songer and SAR Coordinator Jeff King commended the volunteers for their dedication and commitment. In 2018 the Klickitat County SAR volunteers donated a total of 4,862 hours, including 12 missions, training, public relations events and over 6,254 personal vehicle miles. Sheriff Songer pledged his continued support for the Search & Rescue Program.

Sheriff Songer recognized the SAR members and their families, saying how much he appreciated their contributions and dedication to the Search & Rescue Program. Sheriff Songer acknowledged the value to the citizens of Klickitat County in the way of the SAR member’s thousands of volunteer hours and use of personal equipment in helping people in their time of greatest need.

Eleven new members were recognized with commemorative SAR pins. Recognition went to Deb Ireland and Dick Rogers for 5 years of volunteer service and Scott Ellsworth for 10 years of volunteer service. Special recognition for 2018 was given to “Rookie of the Year”, Leandra Paasch and “Volunteer of the Year”, Jeff Adams.

The presentation ceremony was concluded with a potluck dinner.

Klickitat County Search & Rescue Volunteers are looking forward to another successful year in 2019 starting on January 15th 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.