LEE COUNTY, GA (WALB) - From Damscus to Tifton, to Irwin County, this summer has proven deadly for three south Georgia senior citizens who lost their lives after wandering off. In each of these cases the victims suffered from health conditions. When someone disappears who is in need of medical attention, every second counts. That's why some people are volunteering their time to help rescue victims before it's too late.
WALB News Ten's Tayleigh Davis was at a drill where students with the Community Emergency Response Team learned to search for missing people, and some ran into their own challenges along the way.
WALB News Ten's was at a drill where students with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) learned to search for missing people. They ran into some challenges of their own along the way.
The best way to walk in the shoes of emergency responders is to experience what they go through. Students trained to become volunteers with the Community Emergency Response Team in Lee and Dougherty Counties.
"This is honing their skills to learn search patterns for walking in wooded areas," said Lee County CERT Coordinator Bobby Spencer. "They will understand this is real life."
It's especially helpful when people Like Torrey Cavalcanto need to assist in search in rescue if someone goes missing in his neighborhood or community. In this scenario, students are searching 40 acres of woods for an elderly woman with dementia.
They set up items she may have left behind like this rag, sprite can, and cigarette, They're all small clues that could play a big part in finding the victim.
The hunt doesn't come without a setback for the search team. Students had to organize a response after one team member suffered a broken leg. It was just a rescue exercise.
Even if that means canvassing acres and acres of woods, Cavalcanto and the other volunteers out here want to help save people in need.
After the volunteers are certified, they'll train each month to keep up to date on search efforts.
For more information on getting involved with the CERT team log, call Chuck Mitchell with Albany-Dougherty Search and Rescue at: (229) 669-0290.
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