Posted 4/1/2014 5:24 PM by MDGREGORY
Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Dave Ellis was asked to assist over the last few days as the Air Tactical Group Supervisor for this devastating disaster. He was coordinating the air assets which included four Army Black Hawks, a Navy MH-65 Dolphin,
helicopters from King County and Snohomish County, and airplanes from the Washington State Patrol used for rescues, crew transports, hoist extractions, and medevac missions.
Sergeant Ellis oversees the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Regional Support Unit’s Air-1 and serves as the Regional Director for the Airborne Law Enforcement Association.
Spokane County Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 Teams were also called to assist. Four K9 Teams responded and are certified in “Live” finds as well as human remains detection. These volunteers are donating their time to help locate victims of this tragic disaster.
If you would like to donate to help with future deployment costs or would like to know more about SAR, please visit their website at
We are extremely proud of all our volunteers and Sheriff’s Office employees who work every day to make our community better.
Our thoughts and prayer are with all the victims, families, Emergency Services & Search and Rescue personnel affected. We thank everyone who responded and risked everything to help others and we will remember those who were lost.