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ATV rider found Deceased

Sep
15

On September 12, 2017, at approximately 6 PM, a man called Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office dispatch to report finding a deceased person still trapped underneath an ATV on Forest Road 97B in the Groom Creek area. It appeared the body had been there for several days. The location was about 3 miles south of the Wolf Creek Road intersection. The caller was driving along this road when he discovered the body.

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YCSRT Swiftwater Team achieves 1st place in Statewide Competition, Again

Aug
23

On August 5, 2017, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team (YCSRT), Backcounty Unit, competed in the Annual State swiftwater rodeo. The event was held at Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, Arizona. The YCSRT team had a total of 10 members represented in this competition.  Team one consisted of Josh Schmidt, Dan Hughart, Curt Freeman, Tim Wielinski, Scott Mahon and Ryan Viscket.  This team took first place for the second year in a row.  

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Code Red Emergency Alert Notification System

Jun
28

If you are looking to sign up for the Code Red Emergency Alert Notification System, visit the link below:


YCSO AZ Code Red Alerts

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Homicide Victim Has Been Found

May
28

Effort's to locate Sandra Pagniano, involved a large number of YCSO personnel and included search and rescue volunteers from the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team (YCSRT) and Jeep Posse. Based on evidence gathered by detectives over the last few days, search teams focused on several large land areas north west of the victim’s home. The suspect continued to deny any knowledge of her whereabouts. As a result, ground search efforts and flyovers by the Rescue 1 helicopter in these target areas was based solely on evidence and investigative work by YCSO detectives. 

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YCSO Receives 2 out of 3 Statewide Recognition's for Search and Rescue Work  

May
28

At a recent meeting of the Arizona Search and Rescue Coordinators Association (ASARCA), the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was pleased to receive two awards including Unit of the Year and Coordinator of the Year. Sheriff Mascher could not be more proud of both nominations which involve our volunteers and YCSO Search Team Coordinator.  

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Daring Rescue to Save Injured Man

May
16

On May 13, 2017, just before 8 PM, YCSO dispatchers received a call from the sister of a 34-year-old Phoenix man. She reported that her brother was 2 hours overdue from a hike in the Sycamore Canyon wilderness north of Clarkdale. The overdue hiker left his Phoenix home early that morning intending to access Sycamore Canyon by way of the Parsons Spring Trail. Fortunately, he left a hand drawn map with instructions to family members to call for help if he had not contacted them by 6 PM that night.

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Recent Rescues Overview 

May
03

As seems typical lately, our wonderful and dedicated Search and Rescue Volunteers were kept extremelty busy this past Saturday with rescue calls. Sheriff Mascher thanks each and everyone of those involved in these incidents. 

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Unprepared Hiker Airlifted to Safety

Apr
26

The original call occurred April 24, 2017, just before 2 PM. The comments above are a synopsis from call notes by Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers logged during a phone call from a 26-year-old female requesting help. A Sheriff’s Forest Patrol Deputy began coordinating the rescue. After some time passed due to attempts to gather accurate cell phone GPS coordinates, it was determined the stranded hiker was located on high ground in a remote area north/west of Devil’s Bridge, Sedona.

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How to prepare for the worst, 7 tips to stay out of trouble

Mar
15

With the coming of warmer weather, people are once again heading outdoors.

But every summer, the volunteers of the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team (YCSRT) are called to find and bring out injured and lost hikers, bikers and other people.

Many hikers get into trouble when they lose track of the time.

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Swift Water Team to the Rescue

Mar
13

 On March 11, 2017, at approximately 1:30PM, YCSO deputies were dispatched to a section of the Verde River near Highway 260 at the end of Beaver Drive, Camp Verde, regarding a stranded kayaker. The reporting party indicated the kayaker, a 36-year-old woman from Glendale, was stuck on a rock in the middle of the river as her kayak filled with water. She reportedly could not feel her legs. Although wearing a vest, she wisely remained stationary awaiting rescue personnel while people on shore maintained visual contact and updated the YCSO dispatch center.

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