Credit union donates to search-and-rescue
Clackamas Federal Credit Union has made its seventh annual $5,000 donation to Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council, which will use the money to purchase 15 GPS units, as well as new tires for a communications vehicle.
Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council is composed of nine county sheriff's offices and volunteer teams that work together to improve search-and-rescue missions across a large region of the Oregon State Sheriffs' Association.
Sherri Magdlen, the council's regional director of development, expressed gratitude for the funds.
"We are always raising money and are so lucky to have (the credit union's) support," she said.
Without government funding, Mt. Hood Search and Rescue Council relies on the generosity of its volunteers and private donations. In addition to risking their lives, council volunteers give thousands of hours of time (often using personal vacation time), purchase their own equipment, and pay for their own gas and vehicles that are used for rescue missions.
"It is our pleasure to support Mt. Hood Search and Rescue with this donation, said Clackamas Federal Credit Union CEO Aaron Goff. "They provide a critical service to the county, often at their own peril and expense. I continue to be amazed at what these rescue personnel go through and how frequently they are called upon to save a life or recover a loved one."
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