We have all heard about the search and rescue team in Garfield County. These highly trained individuals volunteer their time and energy to help make Garfield County a better and safer place to live. What does it really mean to be a part of this dynamic group? Garfield County Search and Rescue’s (GCSAR) mission is to find the lost, rescue the stranded and injured, recover the deceased, and educate the public on wilderness and mountain safety. They operate under the statutory authority of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, the legally responsible entity for Search and Rescue (SAR) in Garfield County.
Shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, Emergency Operations Division of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office was notified that two hikers, a mother and her 14 year-old son, had failed to return and were lost in the wilderness between Trappers Lake and Stillwater Reservoir. The husband/father had set out to find them. Two other hikers joined the husband, “good Samaritans,” he met along the trail. The three began the search on foot. Garfield County Search and Rescue sent out an alert page shortly after midnight for available members to meet at the operations barn in Rifle at 5 a.m.