Teen search and rescue group forming in Havelock

Published: Monday, June 16, 2014 at 04:56 PM.

“We’re the official starting group, if you want to say that,” Messmer said. “We’re hoping to expand and have us lead. The adults would basically be there to guide and direct when needed. It’s a work in progress and we’re still figuring out the organization status.”

Another Young Marine, Jared McLeod, also joined the group because it sounded interesting.

“These guys have some very interesting ideas that they would like to do,” Branaman said. “If there is a natural disaster and the roads are blocked because of the debris, we would like to form a mountain bike team so that we can go and knock on neighbors’ doors and help their neighbors, say hello, are you all right. If not so, we can get them help.”

They would also like to get experienced enough to do water rescues.

But for now, the core training will be the basics.

“Every one of them is going to be trained in ground search and rescue,” Branaman said. “From there, we’ll go in different directions.”

Branaman said the group is looking for any one, teen or adult, who would want to assist.

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