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  • Man's best friend: Oldest Search and Rescue dog in the U.S. nears retirement

    09/01/2010 3:08:34 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 42 replies
    Whittier Daily News ^ | 9-1-10 | Jessica Donnelly
    Val is not just man's best friend - he's the oldest working employee at the Montebello Fire Department and reportedly the oldest working rescue dog in the nation. Photo Gallery: Rescue Dogs in Montebello Val, an Urban Search and Rescue canine with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, is retiring after 11 years of service and countless rescue missions. During his career, with owner and handler Capt. Marc Valentine of the Montebello Fire Department, Val has trained other rescue dogs, searched for survivors through rubble, and offered solace to firefighters responding to Hurricane Katrina. The golden Labrador mix, which is...
  • LA rescuers find 6 victims in rubble in Haiti

    01/15/2010 7:16:00 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 4 replies · 460+ views ^ | Jan. 15, 2010 | AP
    The Los Angeles County Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue team has found six victims trapped in two collapsed buildings in quake-ravaged Port-au-Prince. The department said Friday that some of the victims of the earthquake that hit Haiti three days ago were still alive under the rubble. Officials say the 28-member team was working into the night to extricate three people found in a three-story home and three more victims buried under a four-story building that"pancaked."
  • 9/11 hero dog 'to be cloned'

    07/04/2008 3:26:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 1 replies · 149+ views ^ | Last Updated: 12:37AM BST 02/07/2008
    The German shepherd, who lives with his owner, James Symington, in Los Angeles, was picked by BioArts International, a Californian cloning firm, as the most "clone-worthy" canine in a competition offering an owner a free chance to replicate their pet. Mr Symington said he and Trakr were among the first search and rescue teams to arrive at the New York site after the attacks, and were responsible for locating the last human survivor under about 30 feet of debris
  • The Lessons In My Son's Death [Media planes interfered with search for Kims]

    01/06/2007 6:42:35 AM PST · by aculeus · 83 replies · 2,654+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2007 | By Spencer H. Kim
    Early last month my son, James Kim, died of hypothermia in a snowy wilderness in Oregon after setting out on foot to seek help for his family, who were stranded in a car. My son's death was a tragedy that could have been prevented. A wrong turn on a poorly marked wilderness road need not have resulted in the ordeal of James's wife and two daughters, nor his death while trying desperately to find help. I am sharing some of the hard-learned lessons that I took away from my family's trauma in the hope of making it less likely that...
  • Confusion hampered search for Kims

    12/17/2006 6:23:57 AM PST · by surfer · 148 replies · 2,737+ views
    Searchers failed to exploit vital clues in the hunt for the family of James Kim, including several crucial pieces of evidence that surfaced in the final hours of his life, when he was freezing, alone and lost in the woods. An examination by The Oregonian found a search plagued by confusion, gaps in communication, and failures of leadership in Josephine County, where the Kim family was found. Lt. Brian Powers, the Oregon State Police commander in the region, said the lack of a central command prompted him to take control Sunday, Dec. 3, the day before Kati Kim and her...
  • Tape Shows Man Fell Overboard From Cruise

    05/17/2006 8:24:01 PM PDT · by beezdotcom · 65 replies · 2,752+ views
    Breitbart.Com (via Drudge) ^ | 17 May 2006 | Jennifer Kay
    MIAMI A passenger reported missing on a cruise to the Bahamas fell overboard after a night of heavy drinking with friends, authorities said Wednesday as Coast Guard crews suspended their search for the man. Friends of Daniel DiPiero, 21, of Canfield, Ohio, last saw him on the Mariner of the Seas around midnight Sunday, Petty Officer Dana Warr said. About two hours later, shipboard security cameras show DiPiero falling overboard from a rail near the front of the ship, investigators said. He was reported missing Monday morning when his friends realized he had not slept in the cabin they shared....
  • Bangladesh - Five-story building collapses

    02/24/2006 10:10:46 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 327+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | February 25, 2006
    Bangladesh: a building of five floors breaks down, feared victims DACCA - a building of five stages sheltering a textile workshop, stores and offices broke down Saturday in the capital of Bangladesh, Dacca, making fear many victims, one learned from police source. Many employees worked in the textile workshop at the time of the accident, indicated to AFP the assistant prefect of police force of Dacca, Obasidur Rahman. "Of the police officers, the firemen and voluntary are on the spot in order to help the people taken in the debris", it added.
  • U.S. Fifth helps Egypt SAR [Search and Rescue] mission

    02/20/2006 7:50:34 AM PST · by Wiz · 2 replies · 150+ views
    WASHINGTON [MENL] -- The U.S. Navy has played a role in the search and rescue of passengers of an Egyptian ferry that sank in the Red Sea. Officials said that on Feb. 4 the U.S. Navy helped search for survivors of the Egyptian ferry that sank in the Red Sea. The ferry, carrying an estimated 1,400 passengers, sank the day before off the coast of Egypt. The navy deployed a P-3 Orion maritime patrol plane to search for survivors. Officials said the U.S. Navy crew flew for almost 15 hours.
  • Please sign in support of proposed "Molly's Law"...

    01/12/2006 12:34:16 AM PST · by Rummy2508 · 7 replies · 475+ views
    self ^ | 1-12-06 | Rummy2508
    Dear Readers: This is my first post on FreeRepublic, and I hope it will be the best place to reach the greatest number of people with the following message... This subject is of importance and concern to us all -- I am providing the link to the online petition site for "Molly's Law", which I hope you will visit and read what we, as a group of search dog handlers from all areas of Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue across the country, are working on to help combat the problem of lost, missing and abducted children and adults.
  • Navy Ends Search For Mayport Helicopter Down In Pacific Ocean

    12/15/2005 9:27:03 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 9 replies · 582+ views ^ | 14 December 2005 | AP
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Navy has called off the search for the SB-60B Seahawk helicopter that went down Tuesday in the eastern Pacific, off the coast of Colombia. The aircraft, attached to Mayport Naval Station's Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 48, was conducting anti-narco-terrorism operations off the USS DeWert at the time of the crash. It went down within sight of the frigate. No distress call was received. The names of the three-person crew were not released. The SH-60B Seahawk helicopter was within sight of the frigate USS DeWert when it went down in the eastern Pacific, said Bill Austin, a...
  • Marine Jet Crashes Off Coast of Florida

    12/06/2005 10:38:10 AM PST · by Dog Gone · 52 replies · 1,243+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2005
    A Marine fighter jet based in North Carolina crashed Tuesday and the Coast Guard and Navy were searching for the pilot. The Marine AV-8B Harrier crashed about 9:20 a.m. about 20 miles off the coast of St. Augustine, said Donnie Brzuska, a Coast Guard spokesman. The Coast Guard located an oil slick from the aircraft, but so far have not found the pilot. Another aircraft pilot reported that the pilot ejected, but he was not seen touching down, Brzuska said. The name of the missing pilot had not been released early Tuesday. The airplane was based at Marine Corps Air...
  • Hurricane S&R; Preliniary report

    10/26/2005 5:58:06 PM PDT · by CholeraJoe · 24 replies · 516+ views
    Personal experience | 10/24/05 | CholeraJoe
    Got back last night from my third hurricane rescue mission.
  • Bush Vows to Act on National Rescue Plan

    09/26/2005 12:05:54 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 23 replies · 494+ views
    BATON ROUGE, La. President Bush on Sunday wrapped up a three-day trip designed to convey hands-on leadership during the Gulf Coast hurricanes, promising to act on military leaders' request for a national search-and-rescue strategy. "It's precisely the kind of information that I'll take back to Washington to help all of us understand how we can do a better job in coordinating federal, state and local response," Bush told commanders. Between his departure from the White House on Friday and his return Sunday afternoon, the president attended more than seven hours of briefings in four cities about Hurricane Rita. On Monday,...
  • Bush Told U.S. Needs Post-Disaster Plan

    09/25/2005 8:42:31 AM PDT · by Natty Boh III · 5 replies · 330+ views
    Yahoo! News/ AP ^ | September 25, 2005 | DEB RIECHMANN
    SAN ANTONIO - Military officials told President Bush on Sunday that the U.S. needs a national plan to coordinate search and rescue efforts following natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Bush said he is interested in whether the Defense Department should take charge in massive national disasters. "Clearly, in the case of a terrorist attack, that would be the case, but is there a natural disaster — of a certain size — that would then enable the Defense Department to become the lead agency in coordinating and leading the response effort?" Bush asked. "That's going to be a very important consideration...
  • Bush Told U.S. Needs Post-Disaster Plan

    09/25/2005 12:29:37 PM PDT · by Daralundy · 10 replies · 352+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 25, 2005 | DaraLundy
    Officials Tell President Bush That U.S. Needs Plan to Coordinate Efforts After Natural Disasters By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO Sep 25, 2005 — Military officials told President Bush on Sunday that the U.S. needs a national plan to coordinate search and rescue efforts following natural disasters or terrorist attacks. Bush said he had stopped at Randolph Air Base in San Antonio and the U.S. Northern Command to better understand how the government can prepare for natural disasters and ease their effects. He said he also wanted to know whether there was times when the...
  • Military tells Bush U.S. needs a national plan

    09/25/2005 12:48:41 PM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 9 replies · 504+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sept. 25, 2005
    BATON ROUGE, La. — Military officials told President Bush today that the U.S. needs a national plan to coordinate search and rescue efforts following natural disasters or terrorist attacks. (snip) Bush got an update about the federal hurricane response from military leaders at Randolph Air Force Base. He heard from Lt. Gen. Robert Clark, joint military task force commander for Hurricane Rita, and Maj. Gen. John White, a task force member, who described search and rescue operations after Hurricane Katrina as a "train wreck." With Katrina, "we knew the coordination piece was a problem," White said. He said better coordination...
  • The Unvanquished: A Cop's Story (Katrina - New Orleans)

    09/18/2005 6:48:50 PM PDT · by concentric circles · 16 replies · 1,677+ views
    KTLA - TV, Los Angeles ^ | September 18, 2005 | David Zucchino
    It was almost dawn. Patrick Hartman had not slept well. Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on New Orleans, but that's not what disturbed him. He had slept only fitfully since a traumatic shooting three years earlier — and so little these days that his mother feared he was clinically depressed. Weary and sleep-deprived, Hartman got up, ready to get to work. He was a New Orleans police officer. His regular shift wouldn't begin until 4 p.m., but he planned to leave around noon. He had been told that he would be part of a hurricane cleanup crew that evening, after...
  • Search and Rescue Operations Underway in Persian Gulf for Missing Princeton Sailor

    09/14/2005 6:21:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 609+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Sep 14, 2005 | UNKNOWN
    PERSIAN GULF (NNS) -- Air and surface forces of the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group are conducting Search and Rescue (SAR) operations in the Persian Gulf after a Sailor from the guided-missile cruiser USS Princeton (CG 59) was discovered missing Sept. 13. An immediate and thorough search aboard Princeton began after the Sailor failed to report for watch that morning. After the search of every space aboard the ship did not locate the Sailor, SAR operations began from the point of the ship’s position when the Sailor was last seen, combing the area for any sign of the Sailor. The Sailor...
  • Body Recovery Nears End in Mississippi

    09/13/2005 12:30:46 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 99 replies · 2,236+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | September 13, 2005 | Matt Apuzzo
    As the pace of finding corpses slows, Mississippi is turning its attention to securing temporary housing for families left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. With more than 115,000 evacuees in shelters or temporary locations arranged by the Red Cross, and many more in hotels and private homes, Gov. Haley Barbour said the state is trying to obtain more temporary housing — an issue he raised with President Bush on Monday during Bush's third trip to the coast since Katrina struck. Barbour said later in Jackson that 1,250 trailers or mobile homes had arrived at a central staging area, 135 were ready...
  • Blanco: Body Recovery Taking Too Long

    09/13/2005 5:43:16 PM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 88 replies · 1,970+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13 2:41 PM US/Eastern | Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco lashed out at FEMA on Tuesday, complaining the agency is moving too slowly in recovering the bodies of those killed by Hurricane Katrina. The dead "deserve more respect than they have received," she said at state police headquarters in Baton Rouge. She said that the Federal Emergency Management Agency still has not signed a contract with the company hired to handle the removal of the bodies, Houston-based Kenyon International Emergency Services. Calls to a FEMA spokesman in New Orleans and the Homeland Security Department in Washington were not immediately returned.
  • Blanco hiring private mortuary to recover dead bodies.

    09/13/2005 7:51:02 PM PDT · by dolphin558 · 71 replies · 1,329+ views
    AFP ^ | 9-13-2005
    BATON ROUGE, United States (AFP) - Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco has accused the federal government of moving too slowly to recover the bodies of hurricane victims, saying her state would hire a private company to do the work. ADVERTISEMENT "No one, it seems, even those at the highest level, seems to be able to break through the bureaucracy to get this important mission done," Blanco said as she met with state officials.
  • As bodies recovered, reporters are told 'no photos, no stories'

    09/13/2005 3:42:18 PM PDT · by baystaterebel · 101 replies · 2,093+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 13, 2005 | Cecilia Vega
    New Orleans -- A long caravan of white vans led by an Army humvee rolled Monday through New Orleans' Bywater district, a poor, mostly black neighborhood, northeast of the French Quarter. Recovery team members wearing white protective suits and black boots stopped at houses with spray painted markings on the doors designating there were dead bodies inside. Outside one house on Kentucky Street, a member of the Army 82nd Airborne Division summoned a reporter and photographer standing nearby and told them that if they took pictures or wrote a story about the body recovery process, he would take away their...
  • Louisiana to hire private company to remove dead bodies: governor

    09/13/2005 3:46:12 PM PDT · by Ellesu · 80 replies · 1,612+ views ^ | 09/13/05
    BATON ROUGE, United States (AFP) - Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco angrily accused the federal government of not moving fast enough to recover bodies of Hurricane Katrina's victims, and said the state would hire the private contractor doing the work to keep the job going. "No one, it seems, even those at the highest level, seems to be able to break through the bureaucracy ... I'm angry and outraged by this situation," Blanco said as she met with Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu and other statewide elected officials. She said she had pleaded with Michael Chertoff and other federal officials to issue...
  • Slowness of recovery of Katrina dead criticized

    09/13/2005 2:17:25 PM PDT · by grundle · 77 replies · 1,601+ views ^ | September 13, 2005;_ylt=A86.I0bIOidDI0EAAAEbLisB;_ylu=X3oDMTBiMW04NW9mBHNlYwMlJVRPUCUl Slowness of recovery of Katrina dead criticized September 13, 2005 BATON ROUGE (Reuters) - Louisiana's governor condemned the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday for moving too slowly to recover the dead from New Orleans and said she has signed a contract directly on behalf of the state with the recovery company originally hired by FEMA. "I have taken action today to resolve a matter that involves life, death and dignity," Kathleen Blanco told reporters and said she had expressed her "absolute frustration" with the pace of the recovery to federal authorities but to no avail. "I cannot stand...
  • U.S. won't ban media from New Orleans searches

    09/10/2005 5:01:19 PM PDT · by uberPatriot · 29 replies · 782+ views
    CNN ^ | 9/10/2005
    CNN filed suit for right to cover search for bodies of Katrina victims HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- Rather than fight a lawsuit by CNN, the federal government abandoned its effort Saturday to prevent the media from reporting on the recovery of the dead in New Orleans. Joint Task Force Katrina "has no plans to bar, impede or prevent news media from their news gathering and reporting activities in connection with the deceased Hurricane Katrina victim recovery efforts," said Col. Christian E. deGraff, representing the task force. U.S. District Court Judge Keith Ellison issued a temporary restraining order Friday against a...
  • Media barred in death zone (Honore speaks)

    09/10/2005 7:32:40 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 116 replies · 3,239+ views
    The Age ^ | 9-11-05
    THE US military is to bar journalists and photographers from documenting the recovery of bodies left on the streets of New Orleans by hurricane Katrina. Lieutenant-General Russel Honore, the commander of the relief operation, said on Friday that while the military had allowed reporters covering the catastrophe free rein, it was now slamming the door shut out of respect for the possibly thousands of victims and their families. "We've had total access to everything we've done — the good, the bad and the ugly — but that operation (the recovery of corpses) will be conducted with dignity and respect for...
  • Initial sweep of New Orleans finds far fewer bodies than feared

    09/09/2005 11:22:51 AM PDT · by John Amendall · 37 replies · 1,240+ views
    Houston Chronicle, AP ^ | sep 9 2005, noon | Associated Press
    As many as 10,000 people were believed to be stubbornly staying put in the city, despite orders from the mayor earlier this week to leave or be removed by force. By midmorning, though, there were no reports of anyone being taken out forcibly, police said. Police are "not going to do that until we absolutely have to. We really don't want to do that at all," Deputy Chief Warren Riley said. Some residents who had previously refused to leave — whether because they wanted to protect their homes from looters, they did not want to leave their pets behind, or...
  • CNN Allowed to Go on Death Search

    09/09/2005 5:04:35 PM PDT · by RTINSC · 162 replies · 4,419+ views
    CNN | 09/09/05 | Self
    Anderson Cooper announced on CNN that a restraining order (1st Amendment) has been issued allowing reporters to meddle in the search for dead bodies.
  • Corpses, Guns Found in New Orleans Homes

    09/09/2005 8:13:25 AM PDT · by 300magnum · 153 replies · 3,822+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 9, 10:56 AM EDT | DON BABWIN
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Soldiers and police confiscated guns from homeowners as they went house to house, trying to clear the shattered city of holdouts because of the danger of disease and fire. Police on Friday also marked homes with corpses inside, with plans to return later. As many as 10,000 people were believed to be stubbornly staying put in the city, despite orders from Mayor Ray Nagin earlier this week to leave or be removed by force. By midmorning, though, there were no immediate reports of anyone being taken out forcibly, police said. Police are "not going to do...
  • Media groups say FEMA censors search for bodies (evil Republicans hiding the dead)

    09/08/2005 3:21:09 PM PDT · by pabianice · 20 replies · 484+ views
    Al JaReuters ^ | 9/8/05 | Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON, Sept 7 (Reuters) - When U.S. officials asked the media not to take pictures of those killed by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, they were censoring a key part of the disaster story, free speech watchdogs said on Wednesday. The move by the Federal Emergency Management Agency is in line with the Bush administration's ban on images of flag-draped U.S. military coffins returning from the Iraq war, media monitors said in separate telephone interviews. "It's impossible for me to imagine how you report a story whose subject is death without allowing the public to see images of the subject...
  • Canadians Arrived In New Orleans Five Days Before The U.S. Military

    09/08/2005 10:56:06 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 39 replies · 1,838+ views
    Halifax Live ^ | 9/8/05 | D.L. McCracken
    Louisiana state senator Walter Boasso is praising the rapid response of rescuers who arrived in New Orleans to assist in saving trapped residents as the waters from the corrupted levees began to rise the day after Katrina. The surprising aspect of the senator's praise was the fact that he wasn't referring to the United States military or FEMA. He was praising the Canadians. The forty-six member Vancouver-based Urban Search and Rescue Team arrived in the St. Bernard Parish which lies east of New Orleans a full 5 days before American rescue units, and the volunteers worked 18-hour days rescuing 119...
  • 25,000 body bags readied in Louisiana

    09/08/2005 5:39:38 AM PDT · by Budgie · 26 replies · 622+ views
    Washington, September 8: To cope with the possibility of a huge death toll from Hurricane Katrina, some 25,000 body bags have been readied in New Orleans of Louisiana in United States, a health official said. Advertisement "It is my understanding that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has about 25,000 body bags on hand," Bob Johanssen of the state Department of Health and Hospitals said on Wednesday. Asked if authorities expected as many as 25,000 bodies, he said: we don't know what to expect. It means we're prepared."
  • Brother of Cairo native rescues many victims of Hurricane Katrina

    09/08/2005 12:08:07 PM PDT · by TrebleRebel · 188 replies · 3,734+ views
    Moberly Monitor ^ | 9/8/05 | Amy Compney
    Davis said Gator has been busy rescuing as many people as he can; when she spoke to him last, he had taken over 50 people into his home to give them food and shelter. He has pulled almost that many dead bodies out of the water and taken them to I-90, where he told Davis there were about 800 corpses lined up along the road for rescue workers to retrieve. It was 102 degrees when Davis got to speak to her brother and the mosquitoes and flies were eating the survivors alive.
  • Team back after helping in New Orleans

    09/06/2005 12:21:54 PM PDT · by Clive · 7 replies · 412+ views
    Canadian Press via Sun Media ^ | 2005-09-06 | Greg Joyce
    RICHMOND, B.C. (CP) - The Vancouver-based Urban Search and Rescue Team - the first rescue team into Louisiana and the only Canadian contingent - arrived home Tuesday after completing its work in a flooded community near New Orleans. The exhausted 46-member crew, which had gone 30 hours without sleep, met briefly with the media at Vancouver International Airport before getting on a bus and heading home for some well-deserved rest. Team leader Brian Inglis said the group has waited several years for an opportunity to show its skills. "We've been waiting for this, a large deployment of the team, for...
  • Israeli divers volunteer to recover bodies

    09/06/2005 6:34:56 AM PDT · by veronica · 9 replies · 468+ views
    JPost ^ | 9-6-05 | ARIEH O'SULLIVAN
    It what appears almost like science fiction, Israeli volunteer divers are heading to New Orleans to help look for bodies in flooded homes. The divers are expected to sift through the murky waters with powerful underwater flashlights. US officials believe there may be hundreds or even thousands of dead bodies still trapped in houses. There is fear that the remains will also be found in the streets as the waters recede. They are part of a private delegation of Israeli volunteers who have extensive experience in rescues and complex emergencies garnered from work around the world. The delegation is being...
  • New horrors discovered as search-and-recovery effort goes on

    09/05/2005 9:04:34 PM PDT · by Frustration · 162 replies · 6,985+ views
    NEW ORLEANS - (KRT) - Ghastly new evidence of Hurricane Katrina's horror emerged Monday night when a sheriff reported the recovery of 22 bodies lashed together around a pole - a desperate, futile attempt to survive the storm. Sheriff Jack Stephens of St. Bernard Parish, just east of New Orleans, said rescuers found the bodies tied with rope and wrapped around a pole in the tiny village of Violet along the eastern bank of the Mississippi River. The bodies were found soon after the storm in a flooded area of the village but still haven't been identified, he said. He...
  • Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue Leader Reports From Louisiana

    09/04/2005 11:40:04 PM PDT · by TheMole · 5 replies · 499+ views
    City of Vancouver municipal website ^ | Sunday, September 4, 2005 | Tim Armstrong and Vancouver city web staff
    City of Vancouver Search Help        CITY OF VANCOUVER     About Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue USAR contact info Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services How you can help Public Comments     Vancouver Urban Search and Rescue Vancouver's Urban Search and Rescue Team is currently in Louisiana to assist in the search and rescue efforts in the areas of the state ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. The team was deployed on August 31 and is working with the Louisiana State Troopers and the U.S. National Guard. Senior team members will be calling in with reports on the situation and...
  • Increasingly, Rescuers Find the Dead and the Stubborn

    09/04/2005 6:27:15 PM PDT · by saquin · 88 replies · 2,827+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9/5/05 | Jere Longman
    NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 4 - The boat pulled up to the living room window on Read Boulevard early Sunday afternoon, and a volunteer rescuer, Stanley Patrick, began yelling: "Mr. Robert! Mr. Robert! Can you hear me?" There was no sound in response, only the lapping of water in this reeking New Orleans East neighborhood, where the rooftops of cars were still covered nearly a week after a levee broke and the city was inundated. [...] He found what he expected to find, an 83-year-old man, floating face down in stagnant water that had risen 3½ feet into the home. A...
  • New Orleans Begins Counting Its Dead

    09/04/2005 3:08:32 PM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies · 1,097+ views
    AP via CNN/Netscape ^ | Sept 4, 2005 | Alan Sayre
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans turned much of its attention Sunday to gathering up and counting the dead across a ghastly landscape awash in perhaps thousands of corpses. ``It is going to be about as ugly of a scene as I think you can imagine,'' the nation's homeland security chief warned. Air and boat crews also searched flooded neighborhoods for survivors, and federal officials urged those still left in New Orleans to leave for their own safety. To expedite the rescues, the Coast Guard requested through the media that anyone stranded hang out brightly colored or white linens or...
  • Vanity -- TWRA officers sent to New Orleans

    09/04/2005 12:31:13 PM PDT · by girlangler · 6 replies · 339+ views
    web site | 8-4-05 | Me
    TWRA Personnel Deployed Following Hurricane Katrina On Friday morning, September 2, 2005, The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency sent forth a contingent of field personnel from Nashville and Jackson to assist in the search and rescue operations in New Orleans, LA, following Hurricane Katrina. Thirty-three commissioned officers and two radio technicians were deployed at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. “Our personnel are uniquely equipped to handle the type of recovery work that is desperately needed at this time,” stated Sonny Richardson, Chief of Law Enforcement for TWRA. “ We are...
  • French Quarter survives -- with luck and a prayer (Let's hammer the Media about the slow response)

    09/03/2005 9:29:01 AM PDT · by BushCountry · 61 replies · 2,226+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | Aug. 30, 2005 | ERIKA BOLSTAD
    The French Quarter was damaged by Katrina, but it was not destroyed, and tourists and residents let the good times roll and wondered why they were so lucky. By ERIKA BOLSTAD NEW ORLEANS - At the start of hurricane season, the historic St. Louis Cathedral in the heart of the French Quarter offers a short prayer in the Sunday church bulletin to Our Lady of Prompt Succor. Each year, the city's Catholics clip out the prayer, place it on their refrigerators and repeat the entreaty whenever a tropical depression appears in the Gulf of Mexico: Spare New Orleans from...
  • Special ops member rescued in Afghanistan

    07/03/2005 11:51:13 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 33 replies · 1,832+ views
    CNN ^ | June 3, 2005 | Jamie McIntyre and AP
    (CNN) -- One member of a U.S. special operations reconnaissance team missing in Afghanistan since Tuesday has been rescued, a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity told CNN. The team member "evaded the enemy and was successfully rescued by U.S. forces," the official said. No other details are being released because the search for other missing members of the team continues, the official said. A military helicopter crashed Tuesday while bringing reinforcements to the team, killing all 16 service members aboard. The U.S. military believes the chopper was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade. It is the worst single-day death...
  • Search And Rescue Grant Extends Study Of Dogs Deployed On September 11, 2001

    10/15/2004 8:15:51 AM PDT · by Calpernia · 33 replies · 672+ views
    American Kennel Club ^ | Thursday, October 14, 2004 | AKC
    New York, NY – The AKC Companion Animal Recovery and AKC Canine Health Foundation have approved funding that will allow Cynthia Otto, DVM, PhD, at the University of Pennsylvania to continue to study the health of the dogs deployed to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon following the terrorist attacks in September 2001. The new two-year grant, effective January 1, 2005, from the AKC Companion Animal Recovery Search and Rescue Fund as well as a matching donation from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (totaling $76,245), will allow for continued observation of the dogs in an effort to evaluate the...
  • My new EWTN television series, "Search and Rescue"

    03/06/2004 2:06:12 PM PST · by Patrick Madrid · 34 replies · 1,085+ views
    ENVOY Magazine ^ | March 6, 2004 | Patrick Madrid
    Just a note to let you know that my new EWTN television series, SEARCH AND RESCUE, is now airing. Based on my book by the same title, S&R airs on EWTN Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. ET, Thursdays @ 10:30 p.m. ET, and on Saturdays @ 5:30 p.m. ET. I hope you find it helpful in your efforts to explain and share the Faith. And for those interested, some recent comments from cardinals and bishops about Search and Rescue (the book) are available at Thanks.
  • Rangers come home

    04/29/2003 11:02:39 AM PDT · by disgustedvet · 4 replies · 453+ views
    Rangers return to Savannah 1st Battalion helped rescue Jessica Lynch and captured terrorists. By Noelle Phillips 912-652-0366 It's never too late or too early to welcome soldiers home from a war. So, hundreds of people, mostly women and children, screamed, whistled and waved flags at Hunter Army Airfield's air terminal Monday morning. It was 1 a.m., and it sounded like a high school pep rally. A commercial airplane carrying nearly 250 troops from 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment landed at 12:55 a.m. First, though, the Rangers had to turn in forms to U.S. Customs agents. Then, they lined up...
  • U.S. Helicopter Shot Down, Killing 7

    04/02/2003 7:07:53 PM PST · by Happy2BMe · 6 replies · 163+ views
    CBS News ^ | 2 April, 2003
    (CBS) A U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter was shot down in southern Iraq Wednesday, killing seven of the 11 soldiers aboard, Pentagon officials said. The helicopter was downed by small-arms fire near Karbala, the site of fierce fighting between the Army's 3rd Infantry Division and Iraqi troops, including Republican Guard forces. Four other soldiers on board the Black Hawk were wounded, but rescued by American troops, the officials said. The Black Hawk was the second U.S. helicopter to go down in combat. An Army Apache assault helicopter went down March 24 during an assault on Republican Guard forces; its two pilots...
  • Army bid to locate pilot turns up empty [Re: Capt. Michael Scott Speicher]

    04/21/2003 10:25:22 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 186+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, April 22, 2003 | By Bill Gertz
    <p>A U.S. military search team in Iraq has checked three sites in the country for signs of a Navy pilot missing from the 1991 Persian Gulf war but has found nothing, defense officials said yesterday.</p> <p>A team of Army specialists given the job of looking for Capt. Michael Scott Speicher conducted the searches in the past several days acting on intelligence information obtained before Operation Iraqi Freedom.</p>
  • Turtle leads U.S. coast guard on wild goose chase

    04/19/2003 12:14:42 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 12 replies · 188+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Apr. 17, 2003 | UNK
    Apr. 17, 2003. 10:39 PM Turtle leads U.S. coast guard on wild goose chaseAfter hours of searching, creature found pulling a stray rescue beacon HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) - The U.S. coast guard spent hours searching for a boat in distress off Bermuda's coast - even scrambling a rescue plane from the U.S. mainland - only to find a turtle behind it all. The incident began when coast guard monitors picked up an emergency beacon this week, signalling a boat was in trouble about 755 kilometres northwest of Bermuda, petty officer Tim Pike of the U.S. coast guard in Miami said...
  • Helicopters Brave Gunfire to Aid Wounded

    04/18/2003 2:23:56 AM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 210+ views
    AP | 4/18/03 | ALEXANDRA ZAVIS
    Helicopters Brave Gunfire to Aid Wounded By ALEXANDRA ZAVIS .c The Associated Press OVER TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - In the back of a clattering helicopter, a Navy medic pumps the chest of a bleeding Marine and administers artificial ventilation, pleading with him to breathe. In the cockpit, the pilot shouts over the radio for the coordinates of the nearest field surgical facility. Swooping into the fight, Marine helicopters brave sand storms and gunfire to lift the injured - American and Iraqi alike - to safety. On board for the first time are trauma specialists, capable of administering lifesaving procedures on...
  • Trap Feared in POW Rescue

    04/15/2003 6:05:23 PM PDT · by saquin · 21 replies · 194+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/15/03 | Peter Baker
    By Peter Baker Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, April 15, 2003; 8:44 PM MARINE COMBAT HEADQUARTERS, Central Iraq, April 15 -- The Marines were told to look for House 13. Inside they hoped would be U.S. soldiers captured by the Iraqis. As they made their way through a dusty warren of two-story mud-colored hutches in the Iraqi town of Samarra, they found House 11. They found House 12. But no House 13. What they did see were more and more Iraqis swarming around. First a child who popped around a corner, then two or three men. Soon there were dozens...