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Fundraiser deliberate for native search and rescue group

If you end up in misery within the wilderness of north-central West Virginia, there’s a good probability your rescuers is likely to be members of the Mountaineer Space Rescue Group, Inc. (MARG). 

When the search is on for a lacking particular person or somebody turns into misplaced, in poor health or injured on an outside journey and desires rescued, MARG members reply that decision. 

Based mostly in Morgantown, the MARG crew – who’re all volunteers – contains consultants in varied kinds of search ways, search administration, technical rescues and evacuations, wilderness medication and affected person care, handlers for every type of search and rescue canines and extra.  

When an individual is misplaced or lacking, the MARG crew will be mobilized in an hour or much less and can reply to rescue missions carrying field-portable first support, communications and every other rescue gear the scenario requires. 

The nonprofit group receives no public funding and is ready to sustain operations by donations and grants.   

“There is no such thing as a standing public cash in West Virginia to fund search and rescue operations,” mentioned Lee Fuell, deputy chief of rescue operations for MARG. “We’re completely depending on donors and grantors to have the ability to keep an working finances and proceed to work, so we’re very grateful – no quantity is simply too small.” 

On Monday Dec. 18, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWW) at Suncrest Towne Centre will make it a bit simpler for neighborhood members to donate to MARG by providing patrons the chance to donate a portion of their invoice to the MARG group. 

The restaurant guarantees to donate 15% of the full invoice to MARG — not together with tax, gratuity, alcohol or promotional reductions — for anybody who dines on the restaurant from 4-9 p.m. Monday night.  

Nevertheless, the donations is not going to be made robotically.  

A press launch concerning the occasion from MARG mentioned as a way to take part within the one-day fundraiser, people should dine on the Suncrest Towne Centre Buffalo Wild Wings location throughout the designated hours (4-9 p.m.) and should point out the fundraiser or current the fundraiser flyer to their server. The flyer is posted to the Mountaineer Space Rescue Group Fb web page. 

Donating is not going to add to the general price of patrons’ payments. 

The fundraiser is made potential by the Buffalo Wild Wings Basis’s Eat Wings, Elevate Funds Program and can correspond with MARG’s annual Christmas get together. 

MARG President Andrew Kapaldo mentioned funds raised on the occasion play a vital function in serving to the group keep and enhance search and rescue capabilities and supply important assets for devoted MARG volunteers.  

“Buffalo Wild Wings’ generosity in offering an area for our occasion and internet hosting the fundraiser is actually appreciated, and we’re trying ahead to a tremendous night,” Kapaldo mentioned. “To all these planning to dine and contribute, your assist means the world to us, and we’re excited to make this fundraiser successful collectively.” 

Most MARG members reside in Monongalia and Preston counties and surrounding areas and can reply to any location inside a two-hour drive of Morgantown — typically farther if wanted.  

This 12 months, MARG responded to a number of counties to supply search and rescue help. 

Earlier in 2023 in Tucker County, Fuell mentioned they aided in seek for a person who had gotten misplaced within the snow. Only a few months in the past the group helped manage the large-scale, multi-agency seek for a Preston County girl who had been lacking for a number of weeks. Each searches have been profitable in finding the topic, however each have been discovered deceased. 

On two events this 12 months, MARG assisted Preston County businesses with incidents that resulted in helicopter hoist rescues by Maryland State Police the place topics needed to be air-lifted from their areas. 

“The primary was an in a single day seek for an aged Rowlesburg man who had wandered away,” Fuell recalled.  “The second was on the Massive Sandy Creek in assist of Bruceton-Brandonville VFD.” 

MARG members additionally often help regulation enforcement with their investigations to a point. 

“There was a murder investigation in Harrison County that a few of our HRD (human stays detection) handlers participated in,” Fuell mentioned, “and we assisted the Mon County Sheriff’s Workplace with a gentleman who went lacking from the Mileground just lately.” 

As a member of the Appalachian Search and Rescue Convention (ASRC) – a neighborhood of seven search and rescue teams spanning from Columbus, Ohio, by the Blue Ridge space of Virginia – MARG isn’t essentially restricted to the native space. 

Based on the press launch, the group works with many emergency service organizations throughout the area and can reply exterior its regular service space in response to a mutual-aid request from any of these teams. 

Fuell mentioned {that a} mutual-aid settlement between MARG and Mon EMS is transferring ahead and making progress. 

The settlement permits MARG personnel who’ve each search and rescue abilities and state EMS credentials to function as a Mon EMS supplier and use Mon EMS gear to take full-service care to the affected person that’s past the attain of typical care. 

“We acquired eight extra MARG members credentialed this 12 months as affiliate EMS suppliers with Mon EMS to allow them to present EMS high quality care right here within the county to anybody out in distant areas,” Fuell mentioned. 

Fifteen MARG members acquired their certification for rope rescues this 12 months as effectively, he mentioned, due to the group internet hosting a rope operations rescue class funded with a grant from the Gary Sinise Basis and taught by Pink River Rescue out of Stanton, Ky.   

The group want to proceed to develop its capabilities however can’t try this with out donations.

If you happen to can’t attend the fundraiser on Monday at Buffalo Wild Wings, donations are accepted by the group at any time. Donations are at all times accepted on their web site wvmarg.org. For extra info go to their web site or the Mountaineer Space Rescue Group Fb Web page.