Madera County Sheriff Jay Varney officially welcomed 29 new members to the department’s Search & Rescue team July 22.
Twenty-four new members of the team were sworn-in by Varney Friday in Madera before more than 60 family members. Five will be sworn in at a later date because they could not attend Friday’s ceremonies.
Fifty county residents entered the four-month Search & Rescue Academy in early January, with 18 men and 11 women completing the 120 hours of rigorous field and classroom training.
Fourteen members of the new S&R team are residents of the Mountain Area and 15 reside in the Valley.
See the July 28 edition of the Sierra Star for details.