San Isabel funds lifesaving S&R equipment

San Isabel Electric Board member Don Keairns presents a generous donation from San Isabel Electric for start up equipment costs to Paula Berg, President of the “Friends of Huerfano Search and Rescue.
Pictured (back row, left to right): Jacob Jenkins, Huerfano County Sheriff Deputy; Joe McCann, Sheriff’s Department; David De Tray, Trinidad Ambulance EMS Captain; Morgan Chapman, Huerfano County Sheriff Deputy.
(front row, left to right): Paula Berg, President of Friends of Huerfano Search and Rescue, Don Keairns, Secretary of San Isabel Electric Board of Directors. Photo courtesy SIEA


courtesy Paris Elliott SIEA communications

HUERFANO — A newly formed non-profit is taking donations for the equipment required for Huerfano County Search and Rescue to effectively perform their life saving work.

The team needs items such as GPS units, survival first aid kits, backpacks, compasses, boots, helmets and many other items. The leaders estimate the cost of fully equipping each volunteer team to be $3,500.

The non-profit has already received a $2,000 donation from San Isabel Electric and Basin Electric Power Cooperative, which will be used to purchase some of the items.

“Thank you to these men and women, willing to risk their own safety, to rescue those in need from our beautiful but sometimes dangerous back country. We believe this team will be a great benefit to all of Huerfano County,” San Isabel Electric Board of Directors President Jacque Sikes said.

The S&R team is being led by Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman, as well as sheriff officers Captain Craig Lessar and Deputy Marc Biggins, and Emergency Medical Services Captain and former La Veta Fire Chief David De Tray.

The team, which has a total of 15 volunteers, can be deployed when needed anywhere in Huerfano County.

Friends of Huerfano County Search and Rescue is accepting donations from both individuals and businesses. Call 719-742-3565 if you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to this cause.

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