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Letter: They’ve got your back

Imagine a loved one is recreating in the backcountry and is late coming home. The temperature is dropping, it’s getting dark and it’s starting to snow. Worry and panic set in. Who can help?

Our community is fortunate to have Routt County Search and Rescue — an all-volunteer, well-trained team ready to assist if things go wrong in the backcountry. Search and Rescue handles an average of 60 missions a year for people in distress, often in brutal conditions.

As the spouse of a Search and Rescue team member, I can tell you that we have the same worry and sleepless nights as those whose family members are needing help. Searches and rescues are often in areas without communication coverage, and it can be hours before we have any word of their progress or when they will return home.

With the arrival of winter weather, please consider two things:

1) Be prepared. When you recreate make sure you have the clothing and supplies to handle an unforeseen event, and

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

2) Remember Routt County Search and Rescue in your end-of-year donation plans, especially on Yampa Valley Gives Day — Tuesday, Dec. 8. This nonprofit needs support to help update its gear to safely handle missions. Our team members who put their lives on the line on a regular basis deserve the right equipment to ensure their safety and well-being.

Thank you,

Mindy Williams

Steamboat Springs

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