Klickitat County Sheriff Hosts Search & Rescue Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

Pictured from left to right are Jeff King, KCSO SAR Program Coordinator, Jeff Adams, 5 yrs. of Service, Chuck Pullen, Rookie of the Year, Leandra Paasch, Volunteer of the Year &
Mike Kallio, Undersheriff
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On Tuesday, January 14th 2020, Klickitat County Undersheriff Mike Kallio thanked the Klickitat County Search & Rescue volunteers at the annual appreciation night in Goldendale.  Undersheriff Kallio and SAR Coordinator Jeff King commended the volunteers for their dedication and commitment.  In 2019 the Klickitat County SAR volunteers donated a total of 5,158 hours, including 941 hours on 15 missions, 3,655 training hours and 271 hours on preventative SAR public relations events. Undersheriff Kallio pledged the Sheriff’s Office continued support for the Search & Rescue Program.

Undersheriff Kallio recognized the SAR members and their families, saying how much he appreciated their contributions and dedication to the Search & Rescue Program. Undersheriff Kallio 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.     

Three new members were recognized with commemorative SAR pins, including K9 Ellie and handler Jim Jones. Recognition went to Jeff Adams and Tom Cochrane for 5 years of volunteer service and LeRoy Booth for 10 years of volunteer service. Special recognition was given to 2019 “Rookie of the Year”, Chuck Pullen and “Volunteer of the Year”, Leandra Paasch.

The presentation ceremony was concluded with a potluck dinner.

Klickitat County Search & Rescue Volunteers are looking forward to another successful year in 2020 starting on January 21st with the first session of 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.