Your article “Man, dog rescued from Box Canyon” on March 5 prompts comments about the exemplary service provided by the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue squad.
I am a new member of the squad and this was my first participation in a rescue. I had the opportunity to witness a group of volunteers who set the standard on how organizations should function. During this rescue, the members demonstrated the ability to adapt to a unique situation based on skills developed through extensive experience and training. The success of the rescue was made possible by excellent leadership and admirable teamwork.
At the end of this rescue mission, the squad members left without seeking recognition or pay, but with the satisfaction that they, once again, had done a great service for someone. They also left with a commitment to review the mission for any lessons that could be used to fine tune the approach to future rescues.
This rescue was a reminder of the fact that the TRSAR is available to serve our community due to those who volunteer their time and resources, and due to those who contribute funds to cover operating expenses.