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Recent Rescues Overview – Our dedicated Volunteers Always Answer the Call

Feb
11

 

Wickenburg area Rescue -- The Southern Unit of the Yavapai County Search and Rescue Team (YCSRT), responded to a call for help Tuesday, February 6, 2019, to locate and rescue a couple from Cottonwood who had become stranded with a broken Utility Vehicle (UTV) in the desert north of Wickenburg.

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Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office Volunteers Honored

Feb
05

On January 30, 2019, Sheriff Scott Mascher and his command staff honored volunteers throughout the agency during a special ceremony at the beautiful Elks Theatre in Prescott. The event, organized by Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Services Coordinator Dennyse Loll, included special recognitions and dinner following the program.

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Missing 18-year-old found after night in woods - Got lost while riding ATV near Crown King

Jan
21

An 18-year-old man from Phoenix was found by rescue crews Monday morning, Jan. 21, after spending a cold night in the wooded area near Crown King.

Family and friends reported Jhon Zuluaga Ossa missing at about 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The young man had last been seen riding off in a white Raptor ATV near South Senator Highway and Forest Service 362 at about 4 p.m.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) began assembling search crews immediately and was assisted Sunday night by a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crew, according to a YCSO news release.

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In Yavapai County - AZDPS Air Rescue Milestone Event – Expansion of Night Time Technical Rescue Capabilities

Dec
13

 Yavapai Sheriff's Office background on the rescue --

On November 11, 2018, after 5 PM, a 54- year-old Sedona man called for help after he got stuck on the side of Capitol Butte (aka Thunder Mountain), Sedona, while hiking up the side of the mountain. He was off trail and situated on a small rock about 4’ x 8’ and completely surrounded by near vertical faces. He only had a cell phone with him and was dressed in light clothing as darkness was approaching. 

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Recent Rescues Overview – Helicopters and Dedicated Volunteers Are Key

Oct
09

On October 3, 2018, just before 2PM, a 38-year-old woman from Rimrock called YCSO dispatchers to report being stranded while hiking on Bell Rock, Sedona. She had been hiking since 9:30 AM and decided to become ‘adventurous’ by going off trail and up the mountain eventually reaching a point where she could no longer continue. Not feeling safe to go back down the way she came as it was too steep, she smartly called for help. Fortunately, YCSO dispatchers were able to capture GPS coordinates as she was unable to adequately explain her whereabouts. 

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YCSO volunteer search-and-rescue groups begin donation campaign

Sep
04

Local residences, businesses will receive mailers
Volunteers with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Auxiliary Force are used to receiving recorded messages like this recent one:

“This is Yavapai County Sheriff’s Department. We have a 4-year-old girl missing in the Williams area. This is an all hands call out. Report to incident command. Please respond immediately if available.”

When they do, they gear up and get to work on finding the missing child, never expecting to receive compensation in return.

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Father/Son Rescued – Satellite tracker a key Lifeline

Jul
14

On July 9, 2018, around 10:30 PM, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a woman reporting her 44-year-old husband, 8-year-old son, and their dog were overdue from a hike in the Beaver Creek area. The pair left on July 8 and were expected to return the following day, July 9. She indicated receiving a message from the ‘Spot’ brand satellite tracking device on July 8 indicating her husband and son arrived for their designated hike and a message the following day stating they were back at their vehicle.

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Missing and endangered man - Alonso “Israel” Salazar - found

Jun
06

Update: June 5, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

Alonso "Israel" Salazar has been found. He was located just outside the Emmanuel Campground area at about noon. He is in good condition, according to the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office (YCSO).

"Thanks to everyone for their concern and prayers," said YCSO spokesperson Dwight D'Evelyn.

Update: June 5, 2018, 9:27 a.m.

The search for Alonso “Israel” Salazar, 24, remains active today with a full complement of rescue teams on scene including volunteers on horseback, ATV, jeeps, with search dogs and numerous ground teams.

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Missing Person located, Deceased – Closure for Family due to efforts of Search Volunteers

Apr
12

On April 8, 2018, a 64-year-old male transient was reported missing from the Mayer area by his family having last been seen on April 4, 2018. The missing man’s vehicle had been located earlier by family member in the Goodwin Burn area near Big Bug Wash off Grape Vine Road outside of Mayer. The vehicle remained parked at the location apparently untouched over the next several days and there was no sight of the missing family member. As a result, the family called YCSO to investigate and noted the missing family member had made suicidal comments in the past.

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Cliff Rescue in Sedona

Mar
27

On March 25, 2018, around 10 AM, deputies received a report of a female hiker stranded on a cliff on Bell Rock in Sedona. A YCSO deputy was able to hike and get as close as possible to the stranded hiker. The deputy indicated a rescue team would be necessary to safely remove her. The woman was positioned on the side of a rock face with a 20-foot drop and was unable to sit because the ledge was so small.  She not wearing shoes and very cold due to lack of a jacket.

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