Search and Rescue volunteers with the Sheriff’s Office accept a $5,000 donation from BLUE members, an employee volunteer program through Southwest Gas.
The Southwest Gas Foundation recently donated $5,000 to the Carson City Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team. The donation specifically recognizes and honors SAR’s 23-member volunteer unit.
“Southwest Gas is proud to honor Carson City Search and Rescue for their tremendous efforts to serve and protect our community, especially during the pandemic. We are grateful to assist these fine volunteer officers continuing their important mission assisting residents in need,” said Brad Harris, Vice President California and Northern Nevada Divisions.
The Carson City Sheriff’s SAR, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, performs wilderness and urban searches along with a myriad of other tasking. During the summer months the need for SAR amplified. As fire activity grew in the surrounding region, SAR supported many public safety functions including evacuations. During the start of the pandemic SAR remained ready to respond, volunteering for numerous callouts for missing persons, evidence searches, major events, and all the while, continued training.
The donation was gifted through Southwest Gas’ BLUE program – “Building Lives Up Everywhere” – an employee volunteer initiative.
“Carson City Sheriff's Search and Rescue truly appreciates the recognition provided by Southwest Gas and its employees,” said Search and Rescue Unit Commander Dave Spencer. “The monetary donation and efforts of the company's volunteer BLUE Team could not have come at a better time. COVID response and fire activity have had a dramatic negative impact on the region over the last eighteen months which includes fundraising efforts by all non-profits. This donation will be of great use to our Unit as we work to keep our personnel trained and ready to serve our community. Thank you again!”