Even with a sudden sprinkling of rain, Delta Search and Rescue saw a good turnout for its "Rock the Park" benefit concert and silent auction at Cedaredge Town Park on Thursday, June 13. According to commander Kim Shea of Search and Rescue they were able to raise $800 to aid the completely donation-based nonprofit.
This is the third evening Delta Search and Rescue has held these concerts in the park; they've been their most successful fundraiser. David and Tamara Hauze have performed at each concert, donating their time and talents to the cause.
In August the organization also plans to hold a golf tournament to benefit their missions.
Delta Search and Rescue volunteers use their own equipment to assist in missions when requested by the sheriff. Though they primarily offer logistic support for search and rescue operations, members are multi-skilled and trained to provide off-road transport, communications and field-operative skills for any emergency or disaster situation.
Currently 19 volunteers serve. Each year they average 10 to 12 missions, mostly on ground using ATVs, snowmobiles or traveling on foot. They serve both rural and mountainous areas and are also called in to assist with missing children or the elderly.
Missions can be lengthy, require food, beverages and plenty of documentation to be filled out. Thus, support positions are always appreciated. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to pick up an application at the Delta County Sheriff's Office, 555 Palmer St. in Delta.