Search and Rescue celebrates 25 years as elite volunteer squad

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – For an all-volunteer organization that shirks notoriety as a general practice, it’s nice to be able to see the men and women who stand ready to rescue and thank them in person.

Teton County Search and Rescue (TCSAR) is celebrating 25 years of service to the Jackson Hole community this year. TCSAR was founded by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office in 1993 when an advertisement seeking volunteers was placed in the local newspaper. At that time, volunteers were required to provide all of their own gear and equipment for rescues and to purchase their own pagers as a condition to joining the team.

TCSAR originals

Three volunteers from the original class Tim Ciocarlan, Mike Estes and Mike Moyer all still serve on the team today.

Now, 25 years later, Teton County boasts one of the most elite rescue teams in the world. The SAR team of 36 volunteers is highly skilled and trained to perform technical rescues in the most extreme circumstances and terrain. Each volunteer donates an average of 270 hours every year to SAR-related activities. Those hours include rescues, monthly trainings, and community outreach events.

Those who wish to learn more about the history of TCSAR are invited to view a temporary exhibit at the Jackson Hole Historical Society from August 30 through October 27.

On August 30, a panel of TCSAR volunteers and Jenny Lake Rangers will share stories about the history of search and rescue operations at the Beers & Banters program hosted at the JH Historical Society. Doors open at 6pm, the presentation begins at 7pm.

Shriver remembered

In celebration of 25 years of service and commitment from our volunteers, TCSAR is inviting members of the community to support the team by joining the Shriver Society. Ray Shriver served on the TCSAR team from its inception in 1993 until his death in 2012. His dedication to training and education was unmatched in the search and rescue community.

During his 19 years of service, Ray volunteered more hours to rescues and training than anyone else in Teton County history. Shriver was killed in February 2012 in a helicopter crash while on a search and rescue mission. The Shriver Society was created in his honor.

 

 

Sponsored by:

Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation

Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation saves lives through direct volunteer support, community education and advocacy

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