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May 17, 2012 - The Volunteers of Fremont County Search and Rescue, Riverton

Editor:

The Riverton Division of Fremont County Search and Rescue would like to express appreciation for the individuals and businesses that have generously supported our efforts, including Absaroka Heating and Air LLC Amerigas, Bailey's, Jerry Bornhoft, Brunton, the Calonge family, CD Signs, Central Wyoming College, Conoco-Phillips, Devon, Encana, GH Fehring General Contractor, Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, Mike Thornley, Walmart and many others.

Not all know that each Wyoming sheriff is required by law to maintain a volunteer search and rescue unit. Sheriff Skip Hornecker and his department provide excellent oversight and logistical support for Fremont County Search and Rescue and its three divisions in Riverton, Lander and Dubois. However, the sheriff's limited budget is spread thinly over law enforcement issues that are a daily concern in Fremont County.

The majority of Fremont County Search and Rescue's financial support comes from individuals and businesses in the community. This money is used to purchase and maintain a diverse cache of search and rescue equipment. It is also used to provide training to maintain expertise for Search and Rescue volunteers in areas such as first aid, high angle rope rescue, scuba diving, swift water rescue, wilderness navigation and man tracking.

Many county residents have elected to donate a dollar to Search and Rescue when purchasing hunting licenses and ORV permits. This money goes into a state wide fund to help reimburse sheriff's departments from across the state when they have a search that is particularly costly, such as when aircraft is required.

Nearly all of our financial support comes from individuals and businesses within Fremont County that believe in our mission. It has been our privilege to serve the residents of and visitors to Fremont County. There is never any charge to individuals or their families when Fremont County Search and Rescue is mobilized to assist by the Sheriff's Department. Hopefully, our efforts and expertise will be worthy of your continued support.

Shane Fehring -- commander

Aaron Billin -- assistant commander

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