3/8/2011–Glen Burnie, MD–Maryland Wing has been awarded a “Save” for a search mission over the weekend on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
A 79-year-old man was reported missing on Saturday in the town of Parsonsburg, near Salisbury. The man suffers from a number of medical conditions including dementia.
It was feared that the missing man would not be able to find his way home safely. In response, the Maryland State Police launched a search effort which included police, search dogs, members of the Department of Natural Resources and local fire department personnel.
After an unsuccessful effort overnight, the state police contacted the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and requested assistance. The AFRCC alerted Maryland Wing early Sunday. Within two hours, more than 50 people from eight squadrons across the state were present or en route to the search area.
Ground teams from the Wicomico and Easton squadrons were the first CAP units dispatched to the search area. While combing through very dense terrain, they were alerted that the missing man had been located. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated for minor injuries related to weather exposure.
The AFRCC awarded Maryland Wing with a “Save” for its participation in the mission. The wing now has three “Finds” and a “Save” for the year.
Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 113 lives in fiscal year 2010. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies.
The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to the more than 26,000 young people currently participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has been performing missions for America for 69 years. It is the largest sponsor annually of Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. For more information on Civil Air Patrol, visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com.
More than 1,500 members of CAP serve in Maryland. Last fiscal year wing members flew 42 search and rescue missions and were credited with 31 finds. For more information, visit www.mdcap.org.