May 11, 2010 12:04 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Search & Rescue Team receives prestigious national award

The El Paso County Search and Rescue Team will receive the 2010 Valor Award Thursday at the National Association for Search and Rescue, (NASAR), Conference in Tunica, Mississippi. This award was created by NASAR in 1977 and has only been awarded twice over the past 33 years.

The rescue for which they're being recognized took place entirely at night on the traverse between two of Colorado's most dangerous 14,000 foot peaks, Crestone Peak and Crestone Needle. In a gully notorious for rock fall and surrounded by 70 degree rock faces of 1,500 feet, the team rescued a fallen climber with a broken leg.

The July 27, 2009 also involved the Colorado Alpine Rescue Team, Custer County Search and Rescue Team, Douglas County Search and Rescue Team, and Rocky Mountain Rescue Group.

"The efforts of all of the rescuers show true teamwork and cooperation," El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said. "I am pleased members of El Paso County's Search and Rescue Team are being recognized for their selfless efforts to extend assistance to others in times of need under dangerous circumstances. Volunteers like these are truly remarkable."


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