Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Lake Tahoe Area
So the volunteer went through surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. Thank God. I believe the shooter is still out there. This area is poor and back-woodsey and is known for several things...grows, mining claims, drug and alcohol abuse, the Republic of Jefferson crap, etc. Probably a good place for people with mental illness that include symptoms of paranoia, anti-social, etc. Not everyone of course and not the majority. So could be a grower getting paranoid, some of the miners (and these are single people or a few people) can get tweaky and especially if they are poaching another person's mining claims. The Republic of Jefferson types hate LE and any intrusion. Don't really know about the shooter until he is caught.
We are in very bright hunter orange and there were many many SAR workers out there for many days. One of the issues may be the relationship we have with LE, being under their auspices and clearly marked with patches on our uniforms. There was no confusing this unless paranoia was involved IMHO. I heard gunshots when I was out there but assumed target practice somewhere. I'll think otherwise next time.
I just was training with a 20 year veteran of K9 SAR and he said he has never heard of a SAR volunteer being shot. Some have been threatened with guns for sure though. I was once out on a UTV in the middle of the night with 3 others scoping roads in a rural area for a missing person. The helicopter was above as well. An older woman came out with a poodle and asked what was going on. We identified ourselves as volunteer SAR and she said, "Good, I thought it was the Sheriff and I hate them." As we were talking, she kept looking at my shoulder patch which clearly says Search and Rescue Volunteer Nevada County Sheriff. We hustled along.
Anyhow, thanks for listening and your comments.
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