On Monday, March 27, Sam B., a Life Scout with Boy Scout Troop 180, had an opportunity to share his map and compass skills with WJCCSO Deputy Sheriff Tracey Leftwich, who was selected in March 2017 to become a member of the K-9 Alert volunteer search and rescue team. Tracey will put her new wilderness navigation skills to use saving lives when she and her search dog Grayson operate with the K9 Alert search and rescue team. Being able to swiftly navigate to a remote search area is key to finding lost or injured people that are facing time critical life threatening situations. Being a K-9 Alert volunteer is a significant commitment that requires over a year and a half of classroom and wilderness training in the volunteer organization.
The members of the troop also learned about search and rescue operations during a briefing held by David Fleenor, from an operational team in Wilderness live find and Human Remains detection, K9 Alert member and team treasurer. David brought his dog Ryka to the presentation and explained how dogs and human handlers work together to find people lost in the wilderness.
Troop 180 is sponsored by Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church on Jamestown Road.
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