John Minor: Clarifying how rescue group is funded |

John Minor: Clarifying how rescue group is funded

John Minor
Summit County Sheriff

I want to thank your reporter, Robert Allen, for his fine story about Summit County Rescue Group’s founding father Paul Johnson. Mr. Johnson recently received an award from the National Mountain Rescue Association for his 37 years of distinguished service to the search and rescue efforts in Summit County.

The Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG) is part of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and is staffed by volunteers. The article stated that the operating budget for the group “ranges from $65,000 to $75,000 each year.” The group operates on a very small budget from the Sheriff’s Office, currently $21,000, and depends upon grants and donations from the community for the balance of their financial needs.

Their fundraising efforts and distribution of funds are overseen by a board of directors. I did not want the readers of your paper to be under the impression that the Summit County Rescue Group was a highly funded entity with a large cash flow. The group is constantly struggling to afford the required training for its members and the necessary equipment needed for their rescue missions.

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