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Sheriff's Weekly Highlights May 13, 2016
Preventative Search and Rescue Class for Kinsey 5th Graders
Kinsey School CCSO SAR Class
Kinsey School 5th Graders learned some of the science behind Search and Rescue (SAR) this week.  After completing a course on Hug a Tree, the class took a field trip out Woody Mountain Road where they learned more about Mounted SAR, Canine SAR, Map & Compass use, and Technical Rescue. 

AZ Police Unity Tour Team Completes Bike Ride from NJ to DC
AZ Unity Tour Team 2016

Deputy Jason Lurkins joined other law enforcement officers in riding to bring public awareness to officers who have died in the line of duty and to honor their sacrifices.  On May 13 all of the riders will hold a candlelight vigil at the Law Enforcement Memorial in DC.  

Search for Missing ASU Professor Involves Search Teams from Coconino, Yavapai, and AZ DPS
CCSO SAR Technical Team
Coconino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue has a great working relationship with our neighboring law enforcement agencies.  This past weekend, we called upon our neighbors to help with the search for a missing ASU professor Debra Schwartz.  Over 40 searchers, several dog teams, and helicopter crews worked to find missing ASU professor after she was reported by a camp ground host as not having checked out of her camp site.  Early on the nearby trail system became a focus for the search.  However, because her plans were not known, detectives also spent much time interviewing friends and family and investigating her camp site area to try to find clues about Debra’s whereabouts.  

On the third day, searchers located her body in a steep slot canyon approximately ½ mile from her camp site.  No foul play is suspected.  Photo shows technical rescue team rappelling the slot canyon in search for Debra and a map showing how the search area was divided into segments for search crews. 

Situational Awareness / Active Shooter Survival Class Scheduled for May 24 in Flagstaff
Jim Driscoll Teaching

Chief Deputy Jim Driscoll, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, extends his thanks to the Page and Sedona communities for attending the recent Situational Awareness / Active Shooter Survival class. We are grateful to the community for giving us the opportunity to discuss the importance of everyday situational awareness.  It is so important to share these conversations and experiences with our community and our families.  Thank you for spending your evening with us.  We are still receiving requests for this information from the public and have another class scheduled for Tuesday, May 24 at 6:00 pm in the Law Enforcement Administrative Facility Auditorium in Flagstaff.  Registration is available online at:

Gerry Blair is Retiring
Gerry Blair Retirement

Gerry Blair - Your passion for your work, knowledge of law enforcement, expertise in media relations, and caring for volunteers is beyond compare. You have created flourishing and synergistic community partnerships and programs.  Your sense of humor is unmatched and has been a cohesive force in our agency.  For all that you have done, you have created a legacy and we will miss you dearly.  In appreciation of your immeasurable dedication and service to the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and the community. Thank you Gerry Blair!

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