As of Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The search for the lost men in the Selway has been called off. The search for Shawnta Pankey, likewise. Both searches could have been handled differently than they were. There was a lapse of at least one full day, from the time Shawnta was reported missing, and when search and rescue was called in. That 24-hour lapse might have made a difference; we’ll never know now. A former fish and game officer wanted to put a jet boat in the river, but the sheriff’s office did not want to incur the cost. A search and rescue member suggested a helicopter to fly the river. The sheriff’s office said, “We’re not there yet.” Again, the cost was a factor, $1,100 per hour for a helicopter. What priced do you put on a human life?
Character is exposed when no empathy for human life is shown. You can bet that if the missing party was the son or daughter of someone in the sheriff’s office, no expense would have been spared. Apparently, similar things have happened with the Selway incident. Condolences to the families of loved ones recently found from the Selway crash. Other incidents involving search and rescues conducted by the sheriff’s office in the last 10 years need to be examined.
Our sheriff’s office seems to drop the ball every time a few dollars are involved.