As you know, Utah County is one of the world’s greatest locations to live, work, and play; alluring many of our half-million residents and many visitors to enjoy our mountains, rivers, and lakes every day. But hikes, climbs, rides, and even picnics don’t always turn out as planned. Sometimes the most cautious nature lover or adventure enthusiasts can find themselves in a life-threatening situation as I did on a summer hike in a local canyon. A group of total strangers answered the call for help and later brought closure to my family in the midst of tragedy.
These volunteers often answer this call for help in rugged terrain from cliffs to snowfields to raging rivers, in harsh weather conditions, and many miles from help, sometimes working all hours of the night. They go and do what needs to be done to rescue people in desperate need.
The Utah County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, established in 1990, responds to 100-120 calls for help each year, saving well over a thousand people’s lives, people you may know – family, friends, neighbors. Our all-volunteer team consists of people from our community – teachers, medical professionals, programmers, mechanics, and perhaps even one of your neighbors. Our volunteers donate thousands of hours and dollars to rescues and training each year, leaving family and work at a moment’s notice to respond to a call for help.
It is this sacrifice that will forever touch the hearts of those they serve as it did mine that summer day years ago. I will never forget the feeling of helplessness as I sat frozen in fear and the feeling of relief when I saw the faces of our rescuers crest the edge of the cliff. I have since joined the efforts to bring this relief to those in need.
We now invite you to join with us in our mission of saving lives! You can become a valuable part of this effort by helping us accomplish what we are finding to be more and more difficult: funding these rescue missions from our own pockets. We hope to raise $10,000 this year to cover our team’s urgent needs for gear and up-to-date equipment that can make the difference between life and death when minutes matter.
Any size donation will help save lives and is deeply appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your generous support.
– Utah County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team
Your generous contribution to our non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is 100% tax deductible and could one day save your life or the life of a loved one.