The Doce and Yarnell Hill Fires devastated lives, homes, and tasked the County's emergency response and recovery capabilities. From these events which occurred from June 18th to July 7th, 2013, nineteen lives were lost in the Yarnell Hill Fire response, as well as 134 structures burnt to the ground. It is in times like these we find our strength, and it is in times like these we rise to the occasion. From this event, the strength and resiliency of Yavapai County, our people, our friends, and our communities were clearly demonstrated.
On July 27, 2013, members of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team, Back Country Unit (BCU), competed in statewide swift water rescue competition and “swam” away with first place. The BCU contains a specially trained group of Swift Water Technicians. This 12th annual event was held at the Saguaro Lake Ranch in Mesa, Arizona, and involved teams representing 7 counties.
Just before midnight last night, Wilma was found by search dogs alive, cold, and otherwise well. Members of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team, Search Dog Unit, tracked and eventually located Wilma in a dense brush area about ¼ mile from her home around 1130 PM. They approached her in pitch black darkness calling her name. They heard Wilma faintly repeat her name back which helped the search team pinpoint the spot she was resting.
On March 11, 2013, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office was contacted at approximately 4 PM regarding three persons stranded near the Child’s Power Plant campground. The couple who called YCSO, had arrived in the area to the sounds of the three yelling for help from a location across the Verde River. The YCSO Forest Patrol detail immediately began a coordinated response which included 5 members of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team, Backcountry Unit. This team is certified in swift water rescue.
On March 6, 2013, at approximately 6:15 PM, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a home on Prescott Ridge Road, Prescott Valley. This area is located north of the Yavapai County Fairgrounds. The reporting party told deputies that while horseback riding earlier, he found what he believed were human remains.
YCSRT members Tony Turek and Michael Paget met with Yavapai County Community Foundation members Carol Chamberlain and Tracey McConnell today to express our gratitude for YCCF's recent grant. In 2012, YCSRT decided to apply for a grant to purchase a Relm Rapid Deployment Portable Repeater. This device enables us to establish radio communications in areas of the county where no cellular telephone service exists and where existing radio communication cannot reach. The grant was for $8350 and was awarded in June, 2012.
Ryan has been reunited with his very grateful family following a search exceeding 4 hours involving numerous YCSO personnel and volunteers, along with a DPS Ranger and Guidance helicopter crew flying “Rescue 1.” YCSO also very much appreciates the 8 residents/ranchers who participated with our crews as part of a coordinated search.
As we have seen in the past, the sooner a call is made regarding any missing child, the greater the chances of finding that child quickly and safely. Ryan was located about 2.5 miles from his home along a fence line.