Search and Rescue volunteers receive help to perform mission
Brent Jagger knows what it’s like to be roused from sleep at 3 a.m. to look for a missing snowshoer, to drop whatever he’s doing in the middle of an afternoon to assist an injured mountain biker.
He used to volunteer for Mesa County Search and Rescue. So the vice president of Citadel Security & Investigation has no problem giving a hand to an organization whose mission is to help those in trouble.
Jagger and Citadel Security on Saturday presented a $1,400 check to the Search and Rescue ground team. For the year, the company and Jagger have given the ground team roughly $2,000.
“I know what kind of commitment it takes to do that,” Jagger said. “These guys, they get no pay. They’re on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They sacrifice a lot of their personal time.”
This is the third year Citadel Security has donated to Search and Rescue, ground team member Doug Sieckert said.
Sieckert said donations and grants are used to pay for avalanche, tracking and swift water rescue training, and for equipment. Volunteers supply their own equipment. Sieckert estimated he’s spent $3,000 on gear in the five years he’s served on the ground team.
One of the biggest items on Search and Rescue’s wish list is its own truck to haul equipment, he said.
The ground team last year went out on 85 missions, according to Sieckert. This year included one that may have saved a woman’s life. Search and Rescue was called out to look for 78-year-old Pat Osberg, who has Alzheimer’s disease and wandered away from her Glade Park home. Residents who pitched in on the search found her the morning after Thanksgiving after she spent the night in subfreezing temperatures.