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2017 Board of Directors for TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue Announced

Austin, Texas – TEXSAR is pleased to announce the 2017 Board of Directors. Reelected to serve on the Board are Shawn Hohnstreiter (Austin), Chairman; Justen Noakes (San Antonio), CEO; Jennifer Failla (Austin), Vice Chairman; Brandon Goering (Cedar Park) Secretary/Treasurer; Dr. Tyler Jorgensen (Round Rock), Medical Director; Chief Sean Ford (Sunset Valley); Dawn Keller (Odessa); Joe McComb (Corpus Christi); Ed Norman, (Galveston); and Bill Sleep (Austin). New members to the Board include Jackie Dobson (Austin); Justin McInnis (Kyle); and Deke Pierce (Austin). Greg Fair...

Travis County Search – October 30th, 2016

K9 handler, Jennifer Blanton, and Travis County Fire Rescue attend to the K9’s during a search on October, 30th, 2016 in southeast Travis County, TX. Austin, TX — Skeletal remains were discovered this weekend by TEXSAR cadaver dogs.  At the request of Travis County Sheriff’s Office, TEXSAR, Texas Search and Rescue, was tasked with searching an area off of Maha Loop in southeast Austin.  The search area was determined after officials received a tip that indicated 33-year-old Paul Michael Longoria,...

Alpine Search Efforts Ongoing

Alpine, Texas –  On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the Texas Rangers called the TEXSAR, Texas Search and Rescue, Emergency Activation Line and requested search planning assistance for the Zuzu Renee Verk missing person case in Alpine, Texas. Ms. Verk, a student at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, was last heard from Wednesday, October 12. Dozens of TEXSAR team members from the Gulf Coast, Coastal Bend, Central Texas, North Texas, and West Texas, converged in Alpine to work in coordination with...

Mylan Donates EpiPens to TEXSAR

TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue is honored to have received a donation of 20 EpiPens in the form of ten two-packs from leading pharmaceutical company, Mylan. This critically important donation is valued at approximately $5,750. Mylan is, “one of the largest generics and specialty pharmaceutical companies in the world, manufacturing and marketing more than 1,400 different products to retail, wholesale, government and institutional customers.” The EpiPen is used to treat severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to insect...

TEXSAR Releases 2015 Annual Report

2015 was a milestone for Texas Search and Rescue. We are pleased to announce the publication of our first annual report, which you may view by following this link to ISSUU, or this link to SlideShare. A conservative estimate of volunteer hours contributed by TEXSAR member volunteers during 2015 is 20,850. If we multiply that figure by the value of a volunteer hour according to the State of Texas, TEXSAR donated more than half a million dollars...

Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Supports TEXSAR

TEXSAR is honored to have received a generous contribution from the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF). The following article was written by Rich Gergasko, President & CEO of Texas Mutual Insurance Company and a member of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Texas/Southeast Division Board of Directors. IICF Campaign Helps Flood Recovery in Texas “During a time when Texans are typically gearing up to fend off the oncoming extreme heat, this year, much of the state experienced damaging storms, tornadoes and flooding. After...