Search and rescue team to practice in Morenci 2011.06.29

Written by David Green.

A search team from the Owosso area has scheduled its annual training session in Morenci this year.

The Shiawassee Search and Rescue Team—an independent agency of trained volunteers—chose the Morenci area for a July 9 practice session both for its own benefit and also to help with the Skelton brothers recovery effort.

Morenci Chief of Police Larry Weeks emphasizes that there is no new information about the case. It was merely a decision made by the Shiawassee group.

“It’s a training session,” Weeks said, “but at the same time we might see some benefit.”

The benefit goes beyond the Skelton search, Weeks said, because 40 to 50 local public safety personnel are invited to participate. The program is not open to community volunteers, he said, but is limited to police, EMS and fire department personnel.

“We’ll gain experience from a trained agency and receive some help in our search for the boys, also,” Weeks said. “We’ll accomplish two tasks at once.”

He expects the session to last approximately from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Shiawassee team operates self-sufficiently, with its own command trailer and food. However, Weeks is seeking donations to help feed the volunteers. Donations of bread, buns, lunch meat, beverages, paper plates and cash can be taken to city hall. Questions should be directed to Laurie Schisler who is coordinating supplies for the local participants.

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