Yucaipa

The Search and Rescue Team is recognized by the city of Yucaipa and 42nd Assembly District Rep. Chad Mayes. 

On Jan. 10, Lt. Robert Warrick introduced the San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team to Yucaipa City Council. Warrick said the search and rescue team organized in 1958. “It is currently made up of about 40 active members and they donate about 8,000 hours annually,” he said. “It’s very impressive, as all of the members are volunteers.” The volunteers are made up of people with full-time careers, retired after a long full-time career and are on-call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. “They have helped us in numerous search and rescues in our local mountains, as well as here in the city. They’ve helped look for missing children, adults with diminished mental capacity and the list goes on and on,” said Warrick. Mayor Pro Tem Justin Beaver said, “I think it’s telling that these folks are so dedicated to their profession that last month they did what they do best and answered the immediate call to go and save lives in spite of the recognition they all knew was coming.” Beaver continued with, “That is impressive and Colonel Doolittle said, ‘There’s nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer’ and we definitely appreciate our volunteers. Thank you so much for everything you do.” Councilmember Jon Thorp echoed Beaver’s sentiments. Mayor David Avila said, “I think you guys are an extremely valuable component of the Sheriff’s Department and for the community at large and I thank you for your service. Councilmember Greg Bogh read the recognition to the search and rescue volunteers and the public in attendance. Bogh said, “We have a certificate of recognition presented to the San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team.” “In recognition and celebration of your invaluable service with the community, county and the state of California, to the volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time, commitment and valiant efforts, have made a difference for many individuals in need ... Thank you very much. You guys are awesome,” said Bogh. Also presented was a certificate of recognition from Rep. assembly member Chad Mayes to the volunteers of the San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team. Warrick read the certificate and it said, “On behalf of the California State Assembly, it is my pleasure to congratulate the volunteers of the San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team. You are commended for your leadership, protection and stewardship of the people of our community. Please accept my sincerest congratulations. Signed Chad Mayes, 42nd Assembly District..” The presentation can be heard at yucaipa.org.

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