Dear Editor:

My undying gratitude and profound appreciation goes to the men and women of the Upper San Juan Search and Rescue, the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management, members of the San Juan Interagency Hotshot Crew, R-2, and the Pagosa Springs EMS who came to the rescue on Aug. 22 and performed a backcountry extraction of my colleague and friend who fell and became immobilized during survey operations in the San Juan National Forest. I have never experienced nor been a part of a wilderness rescue operation, and I am deeply in awe of what these highly trained, expert rescue personnel were capable of doing in just three hours. I am grateful that these committed and wonderful people, many of whom are volunteers, are on the job.

In an effort to support the work of these fine individuals, may I recommend the CORSAR card: by purchasing a CORSAR card you are contributing to the Search and Rescue Fund, which will reimburse these volunteer search and rescue teams for costs incurred in your search and rescue. Funds remaining at the end of the year are used to help pay for training and equipment for these teams. Anyone with a current hunting/fishing license, or boat, snowmobile, ATV registration is already covered by the fund.

John Zachman

This story was posted on August 28, 2014.