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Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad Responds to Call For Missing Man


January 09, 2007

Ketchikan, Alaska - At 5:18 pm Monday, the duty officer of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad received a call from the Alaska State Troopers requesting assistance in locating a missing 18 year old male who was thought to be in the Carlanna Lake Area.
According to information provided by Jerry Kiffer of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, a hasty team and canine unit was dispatched to meet with the on scene trooper. The team arrived at the scene at 6:12 pm Monday. As little was known about the young man or his state of mind, the team was instructed to stand by until they could be briefed by a trooper.
At 6:47 pm the troopers advised the squad that they had been in contact with a friend of the 18 yr. old male who reported he had picked him up around 6:17 pm.

Physical contact with the 18 yr. old male was not secured however the troopers advised the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad that they could stand down pending further information.

The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad was founded November 15, 1950, in response to a Pan American Airways crash near Ketchikan. The squad operates under the direction of a 6-person Board of Directors. They have no paid staff, and do not charge for their services.

Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad operates 24 hour radio watches on VHF 16, and their volunteers are tasked with over 2,500 man-hours, in an average of 20 search and rescue operations a year.

Receiving no public funds, the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad depends on the support of the community for supplies, fuel, rescue equipment and other financial aid. Donations may be mailed to Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad; PO Box 5786; Ketchikan, Alaska 99901.



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