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Jul 22 2011

SAR Fundraiser this Saturday

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Search and Rescue are all volunteers who spend their own time and money to rescue strangers 24/7/365. We never charge for our services. Thanks for your support so we can purchase needed rescue gear that WILL save lives!

We’ll wash your car for any size donation on Saturday, July 23, from noon till 3:00.

You can buy an autographed copy of the brand new book, 75 Search and Rescue Stories.

Get a SAR Supporter sticker for your car window for a minimum $10 donation.

Check out some of our rescue gear and vehicles. Take your picture (or your kids’ picture) on some of them. Meet our dogs. A helicopter will even touch down.

Or just drop by and say hello in the Cabela’s parking lot in Lehi (just east of the Alpine I-15 exit).

Thanks! We can’t do this without your help!

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Jun 24 2011

75 Search and Rescue Stories

75 Search and Rescue typically only posts a few minor details of the 80-100 rescue missions SAR performs each year. If you’d like to hear these stories in great detail, complete with thorough explanations of how the organization functions and how it feels to be a member of one of the world’s best and busiest volunteer rescue teams, then you’ll want to pick up a copy of the new book written by author, UVU writing instructor, and Utah County SAR team member Shaun Roundy.

75 Search and Rescue Stories comes complete with 150 photos and shares many of the most memorable rescue missions from the past dozen years. Many stories are intense, some will make you laugh, and others end in tragedy. Discover how SAR volunteers cope with the emotional burdens of the trauma they willingly face on a regular basis.

A portion of the $14.79 cover price supports volunteer search and rescue. Show your support to the selfless heroes who annually donate thousands of hours and thousands of dollars of their own money to rescue strangers on the worst day of their lives by ordering your copy today.

Order your copy today at Thanks!

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May 16 2011

Proby’s Journal

If you’d like to read more in-depth stories than most of the mission reports listed on this site from the perspective of a first-year team member, visit

Once you see the amazing dedication of our rescue volunteers, remember to also visit the Join or Donate links at the top of the page!

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May 16 2010

National Search and Rescue Week declared

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May 16-22, 2010 was declared National Search and Rescue Week by the US Senate.

Read about how this act came about here, and the text of the statement and resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) honoring our nation’s Search and Rescue personnel follows:

Statement by Senator Maria Cantwell
As inserted in the Congressional Record on May 14, 2010
National Search and Rescue Week
Mr. President, I rise today to introduce a Resolution to honor our nation’s Search and Rescue personnel by designating May 16 through May 22, 2010 as “National Search and Rescue Week.”
As many of my colleagues know, I am an avid hiker and mountaineer. Over the years, I have scaled several of Washington State’s majestic peaks and hiked many of our backcountry trails. Whenever I load my pack for another trip – whether for a day hike or a trip up Mt. Rainier – I, like all people who enjoy the great outdoors, take steps to prepare myself and minimize my risk. I bring my essential gear, extra food and water, and make sure someone knows my trip plan.
But no amount of preparation can protect you from a misstep or unforeseen circumstance.
In such instances, it is often the swift response of trained search and rescue personnel that makes the difference between tragedy and survival.
These heroes come from a broad range of agencies and organizations, including sheriff offices, police departments, national and state parks, private corporations, and all branches of the military, including the U.S. Coast Guard. All of them – whether volunteer or salaried, military or civilian – exemplify courage, commitment, and compassion in performing their duties.
Whether it is an accident in the wilderness or a natural disaster in a major city, search and rescue personnel are always ready to respond. All across our country, when people find themselves in danger, they can be thankful for the bravery and willingness-to-serve exhibited by these dedicated individuals.
Every day, men, women, pack animals, and search dogs put themselves in harm’s way to ensure the safety and security of citizens in need. Their territory knows no bounds; wherever the mission is, they go, sometimes for weeks at a time.
Search and rescue teams are relentless in their training. They go to great lengths to ensure they are physically and mentally fit and well-versed in the newest search and rescue techniques. This preparation enables them to approach complex search and rescue situations with confidence and skill.
Their selfless dedication does not stop at our nation’s borders. Civilian search and rescue teams are ready at a moment’s notice to respond to international disasters too, including the recent earthquake in Haiti and the tsunami in Indonesia. By extending their reach around the globe to
wherever there is need, search and rescue personnel have saved lives, reunited families, and boosted America’s reputation abroad.
In the simplest terms, search and rescue personnel take great personal risks to come to the aid of others. Carrying out their mission often demands great personal discipline and sacrifice, and some even pay the ultimate price. This selfless commitment to others is embodied in the Search and Rescue motto: “So that others may live.”
I ask my colleagues to stand with me today to honor the members of the Search and Rescue community across our nation. Their dedication to saving the lives of citizens who are lost or injured does not waver, and neither should we in passing this small act of recognition for their heroic efforts.
Thank you Mr. President, I yield the floor.

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Dec 31 2008

Utah County SAR banks 98 calls in 2008

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The Utah County Sheriff volunteer Search and Rescue team ranks among the busiest in the world, with 80 to 100 calls in a typical year. 2008 was no exception with 98 total calls.

Utah County offers a wide variety of terrain and activities, and the types of rescue missions reflects this. Missions included vehicle, horse, kite surfing, sailing, rafting and motorboating accidents; stranded, lost and injured climbers, hikers, hunters, skiers, snowmobilers, boaters and bikers; weather-related emergencies; vehicles stuck in snowbanks, rivers, and over steep embankments; plane crashes, and more.

This number includes several calls which were canceled before many SAR members arrived on scene and were needed, but omits other involvement such as over 90 trainings by the team as a whole, new member trainings, and special teams who operate their own trainings to keep their skills sharp and ready.

Utah County Sheriff SAR is recognized throughout the intermountain rescue community as a highly-skilled and dedicated team.

If you would like to apply to become a member of our team, donate to support our efforts (your donations are tax deductible and they save lives!), or otherwise contribute, please use the Join, Donate or Contact links at the top right of this website. Thank you for your support!

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Sep 02 2008 gets overhaul

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The official web page of the Utah County Sheriff Search and Rescue volunteer team is being redesigned to better accomplish our goals to:

  • provide outdoor safety information
  • inform the community of SAR activities
  • attract qualified members to join our team
  • encourage donations to support our rescue efforts

Visit often as we add information and rescue reports. Let us know how else we can better serve our community!

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Sep 01 2008

Photo Gallery

Here are the photos that appear in the top right corner of the page with a few notes about each one:

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