By Melissa Ausman
April 01, 2008
On Sunday March 23, around dinner time, a young girl went missing
in the woods behind Bear Valley. This area leads to mile after
mile of dense dark forested land. She had played behind the house
for years, without ever a problem. Not this night. After looking
and calling for her to no avail, her dad called the State Troopers
and Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad. When I came upon the scene,
it was scary. A great deal of people had gathered, walkie talkies
and flashlights in hand. Search dog ready to roll. They were
all gathered around the KVRS mobile unit. It's a large panel
type van, filled with computers, gps systems and more. On top
of this van is mounted two large poles with bright bright lights
on top. People were searching under cars, between houses, before
getting their search instructions and heading off into the woods.
Every minute seemed so long. After several hours, YEAH!! she
was found, safe and sound, although cold and scared she put up
a brave front.
She was crouched alone in the
dark, till the search dog ran up and found her. What a great
job this team did!! They put aside their home lives, took off
their pj's and donned warm clothes and went into the woods to
look for a child they didn't know. I have read stories of what
they do, but until it was unfolding in front of my eyes, I have
failed to realize how great they are and what an unselfish thing
they do every time their phones ring. A little girl was brought
home, a dad's worst fears were calmed thanks to these people
and their super 4-legged nose.
KVRS deserves every bit of
support we can give them. And to all of you, I and everyone there
that evening, say THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
About: "10 year Ketchikan
resident, mom of 4, business owner"
Received April 01, 2008 - Published
April 01, 2008
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