Sheriff Dotson and the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s OfficeÂ Â have begun the early stages of creatingÂ a Dive and Recovery Team for Lawrence County.Â Â The team will assist in any water related search and rescue efforts in theÂ county.
The team is currently made up of 12 members, 3 ofÂ Â whichÂ are certified divers. The team will assist the Sheriffâ€™s OfficeÂ Â with drowning victim recovery and evidence recovery. Sheriff Dotsonâ€™s Dive andÂ Recovery Team is receiving grantÂ funding from the Office Of Emergency Management forÂ equipment needed. Â The team is made up of volunteers from throughout the countyÂ including several Sheriffâ€™s Deputies and Reserve Officers as well as trainedÂ Â personnel from several fire departments.
Sheriff Dotson has reflected on the flooding of AprilÂ Â 2011Â and has takenÂ the many different challenges into consideration whenÂ Â constructing this team. This team will be attached to the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Rescue BoatÂ which is housed and maintained by the Lynn Fire Department. Training exercisesÂ Â are planned to begin Â in February of 2012Â for the team. The team will focus on boatÂ rescue training in the event of future floods, boat distress rescues in theÂ eventÂ a boatÂ in the county becomes disabled, drowning victim recovery, waterÂ searches and evidence recovery.
Also the team has benefited from several donations by individuals and Lawrence County businesses including a trailer donated by Donald Bunn, drag equipment manufactured by Hi-Spec Tooling of Imboden, tires donated by Carl Birmingham, and Lawrence CountyÂ Dive TeamÂ T-shirts provided by Imbodenlive.com.
For more information and updates concerning the LawrenceÂ County Sheriffâ€™s Office, visit their website at www.lawrencecountysheriffsoffice.comÂ Â .