Sedona AZ (May 1, 2013) – Please join Keep Sedona Beautiful at its Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 8 to learn about the many details involved in search and rescue operations performed in the Sedona area. The evening will begin at 5:30 pm, with complimentary offerings of appetizers donated by El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano and refreshments provided by KSB. The presentation will begin at 5:45 pm.
Sergeant Rich Martin has been with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office for 19 years. An Arizona native from Tucson, Rich came to Camp Verde in 1977 when his father took a job with ADOT during its construction of I-17. He began working for the Yavapai County Sheriff’s office part-time as a reserve officer and after completing the necessary education, became a patrol officer in 1995. Martin has always been passionate about outdoor sports and recreation, and in 2011 he transferred to the Forest Patrol unit and assumed his current position as Search and Rescue Operations Coordinator.
Sergeant Martin will entertain us by describing rescues that his team has recently performed in the Sedona area, such as on Thunder Mountain a few weeks ago, as well as Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge, Bell Rock, Secret Canyon, Beaver Creek and Rim Rock. He oversees three full-time staff, one VIP volunteer and 250 volunteers representing nonprofit organizations such as Verde Search and Rescue, a back country unit, a jeep posse, search dogs, a 4×4 group, a quads group, an air group, a scuba group and a mounted unit.
Keep Sedona Beautiful welcomes the community and visitors alike to its monthly Preserving the Wonder™ Speaker Series, which takes place at its historic Pushmataha Center on 360 Brewer Road in Sedona. Please note that the Speaker Series is now held the second Wednesday each month from September to June, beginning at 5:30 pm with refreshments. The series presents an interesting diversity of programs relevant to the unique environment of our region. Keep Sedona Beautiful, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that, by acting through the stewardship of its members and volunteers, is committed to protecting and sustaining the unique scenic beauty and natural environment of the Greater Sedona Area. For more information about Keep Sedona Beautiful, please call 928.282.4938, or visit http://www.keepsedonabeautiful.org/.