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TEXSAR Members Join the Texas Game Wardens

A big congratulations to two TEXSAR members who recently became Texas Game Wardens, Kally Marbach and Matt Maloney! Why did you decide to become a Texas Game Warden? Kally: “I hunted, fished and camped when I was growing up and always loved the outdoors.”  My Dad took me hunting and my Grandmother took me camping and fishing.” “ While attending Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, I interned with the Game...

A Fearless Leader

At the request of Galveston County, Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR) pre-staged assets at the Kemah Volunteer Fire Department in anticipation of significant flooding from Hurricane Harvey.  On the night of August 26, TEXSAR team leader, Dawn Keller, lead her water rescue team to rescue an 87-year-old blind man who was in a home that was rapidly flooding.  The team of seven secured the gentleman in their high clearance vehicle and tried to make it...

Rescuing Mrs. P and Miss Georgina

Our team was in Hedwig Village in Houston on Tuesday August 29th and were deployed to help residents leave from a flooded neighborhood.  Greg, our team lead, received a message from base operations who had heard from the niece of an elderly woman with some dementia who was living with her nurse in one of the flooded homes.  The niece was worried about them and had heard the nurse wanted to leave but the 92-year-old aunt refused....

Meet Harvey

How did Harvey get his name? Harvey is a 55 pound black lab mix with a white blaze on his chest who was found as a stray in Houston during Hurricane Harvey.  Shelters were overrun with homeless animals after the hurricane and many efforts were made to reunite pets with their owners. Harvey floated from shelter to shelter, but was unable to find his owner.  He was eventually adopted by Service Dogs, Inc. in Dripping Springs who thought...

When Harvey Hit

I was team lead and driver of TEXSAR’s LMTV, our high clearance vehicle, during hurricane Harvey. We were going non-stop for 11 days. Performing many rescues, evacuations and shelter support missions. During our time supporting the Galveston County OEM, one of our many assignments was to clear locations of unanswered 911 calls. We were to drive to the addresses and check them for people. After many hours of navigating through the badly flooded streets and pelting rain, we were discovering most...

TEXSAR to Appear on A&E’s Nightwatch Nation: First Responders

Tune into A&E Monday, September 3rd at 10:00pm CST. TEXSAR was honored to work alongside the Austin Travis County EMS in the filming of Nightwatch Nation: First Responders earlier this summer. Nightwatch is a New Orleans based TV show produced by 44 Blue Productions that airs on A&E. Nightwatch follows New Orleans EMS through the everyday life of the first responders of their city. It was fans of the show who brought to light the reality...