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KVRS Rocks!
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!!

Melissa Ausman
Ketchikan, AK

About: "10 year Ketchikan resident, mom of 4, business owner"

Received April 01, 2008 - Published April 01, 2008


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