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Local citizens participate in search and rescue training

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:20:20 PM CST   Updated On: Oct 27 2013 08:11:02 PM CDT
Civilian Search & Rescue Course



When a person goes missing, first responders often turn to the community for help.

Now area residents are receiving the training to provide that helping hand.

Community members met at Pettibone Park in La Crosse on Sunday for civilian search and rescue training.

The event is sponsored by the La Crosse County Medical Reserve Corps and gives volunteers the skills needed to assist in a search and rescue.

The group of participants practiced what they learned by putting their training to the test.

"The scenario we are working through is a missing daughter and mother who typically come to the park area. But the twist was the mother was suffering from slight dementia and the daughter was suffering from autism," said La Crosse County Medical Reserve Corp Public Information Officer Patrick Barlow.

Participants say the day isn't just a walk in the park, it's about learning how to be observant during a search.

"It's not walking through the woods, it's looking for clues. We have a description of what the people were wearing, looking for clothes, shoes, anything disturbed," said training participant James Tonak.

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