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CHICO — Butte County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team is approaching a milestone, its 50th anniversary as an organization.

In order to formalize its history, the team is seeking help from the public. Past members, spouses, family of former members, and members of the public who have been helped by Search and Rescue Team over the course of the last 50 years, are encouraged to contact the organization.

The goal is to compile memories from those who lived the experience, historical facts, and other information into a history of its first 50 years.

Contact the Community Relations team at SARCR315@yahoo.com, by mail at P.O. Box 542, Chico, CA, 95927 or call the 50th Anniversary Hot-Tip line at 895- 6577.

Butte County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, non-tax-supported auxiliary team of the Butte County Sheriff”s Office. Its primary funding source is donations from citizens, corporations and fundraising events.

The group responds to lost or missing persons, technical rescues, water rescues and recoveries including diving, static and swift water, mountain and snow rescues, helicopter rescues, body recoveries and also assists law enforcement agencies with wild land fire, flood and other evacuations.

A 50th Anniversary celebration will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 18 in the picnic area at the Elks Lodge, 1705 Manzanita Ave.

There will be search and rescue demonstrations and activities, videos, a historical perspective of the team, and equipment displays. A barbecue lunch will be available to the public.

Interested sponsors may contact our Chairperson Dennis Schmidt at 228-6161.

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