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We are an unpaid, all-volunteer, non-profit organization that currently has members throughout Mendocino County, California.
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From  San Mateo County Sheriff's Mounted Search and Rescue Unit 

To our fellow SAR teammates:

Twas the night before Christmas , and all though SAR land

The pagers were quiet, the silence was grand.

The search dogs were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of tennis balls danced in their heads.

LE, search managers, team leaders and all of the team had just settled in to warm beds to dream.

When all of a sudden the pagers went wild. Report to the SAR barn! Please let it not be a child!

We sprang from our beds, finding coffee and gear and praying the call wasn’t severe.

Kissed partners and children and silently prayed we’d be home to spend Christmas with our families that day.

Into the SAR barn the troops we all streamed, ready to grab trucks and be made into teams.

But what to our wondering eyes should appear, but a big guy dressed in red with a snowy white beard.

He called us together in the briefing room. He couldn't be the Search Manager, but no one would assume.

“I couldn't fathom what to bring you tonight – more GPS, helos , more LCD lights?

Thought of new boots or saddles or even field food? But those weren’t right to show my gratitude

I did do some more good while you were all on your way. Washed the rigs, did reports, fed the horses some hay. 

But even though I did all of that stuff, I knew quite surely it wasn’t enough.

But then the perfect gift leaped into my head. I’m sorry it meant getting you out of bed.”

Then he winked and clapped and what should appear, but a screen filled with pictures and maps – quite dog eared.

A log showing all of our missions that year, spilling out memories that brought out some tears.

There the hunter, the lost child, the family in snow. There the rope team going over for the hurt person below.

There the horses climbing surely to leave no one behind. There the search dogs alerting to signal a find.

There the helo flying over and spotting the car. There the divers going under to bring someone up from afar.

There the hasty rigs making sure no road has been failed. There the snowmobiles, ATVs covering every possible trail.

There the hikers, the drivers, search managers and deputies.

There the radio, logistics, operations and planning.

“I know you don’t do this for fortune or fame. It isn’t for big bucks, it isn’t a game.

You do it just because you think its right. You believe people should live - luck or stupidity despite.

You pay a price – jobs and life sometimes scattered. You wonder sometimes if it all really matters.

But here is what I hope is abundantly clear, your sacrifice matters, you are really quite dear.

These people are home with their families tonight, because none of you would give up the fight.

I know there are some that you couldn’t save. But their families, at least, have some peace by the grave.

There is nothing more grand I could put by your tree, nothing more I could bring that would shine more than these.

It’s the best I could think of as my way to say, we all are so lucky you are out there each day!

Tomorrow when you open presents at home I want you to know, this present is there, adding its special glow.

So now to home each of you, to ones that you kissed. I’ve magically reset time so nothing is missed.

Have a wonderful day with family, food and fun. I’ll try to arrange it so no missions to run.

Oh, and I’ve also given you back those lost hours of sleep!”

Then he jumped in his sled and to his team gave a whistle. Away they all went like that down on the thistle.

And we heard him exclaim as he drove out of sight “Merry Christmas in SAR land – to all a safe night!”

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#MP  found safe in #Fort Bragg, CA!
Updated details on MP Lawrence Whetman From the Sheriff's Office and Mendocino County Search and Rescue: Mr. Whetman was found safe at the Purity Market in Fort Bragg. More details at http://mendocinosheriff.com//press/view.cgi?1236385.


Original Press Release:
From Mendocino County Search and Rescue : Missing Person: Lawrence Whetman
On 12/14/2013 around 2:46 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office responded to a call of a missing person, Lawrence Whetman (39 years old), from a property located adjacent to the KOA Campground on Highway 20 in Willits. Officers were advised Lawrence left his residence, around 7:30 AM, to catch several horses on the property and to explore a possible horse trail leading towards the coast. He was expected to return in several hours but did not return.
 
A hasty search was conducted by Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies, Little Lake Fire Department, and Mendocino County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Volunteers during the afternoon/evening but Lawrence could not be located.
 
Mutual Aid resources were requested through the California Office of Emergency Services. On 12/15/2013 Search and Rescue teams responded from Lake County, Humboldt County, Sonoma County and Mendocino Counties as well as Volunteers from the California Area Rescue Dog Association, Officers from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the California Highway Patrol Air Unit out of Redding to continue the search. Resources utilized included fixed wing aircraft, area dogs, ground units, mounted posse, and all terrain vehicles units.
Search and Rescue teams learned from several sources that Lawrence may have been seen in and around the Skunk Train Railroad Tracks east of the Summit Tunnel and possibly on Highway 20 near Cutter Lumber Company.
The Sheriff's Office has requested additional mutual aid resources to continue the search on 12/16/13.
Lawrence is described as being a white male, 39 years of age, 6'01" tall, weighing approximately 175 pounds, having brown hair and eyes, wearing a gray "hoodie" sweatshirt, tan Carhart pants, carrying a backpack, and possibly wearing a green hat. The Sheriff's Office is requesting anyone who has possible seen Lawrence to contact the Sheriff's Office at (707)463-4086.
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Very excited to get our #CustomUrl #G+ url ! We are officially at google.com/+MendocinosarOrg ! !
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Great video from San Diego's Search and Rescue Team: San Diego County Sheriff's Department - Search and Rescue Mountain Bike Team
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