Search volunteers dedicate time and energy
(WEAR) - When someone goes missing, you probably hear about the search and rescue teams who rush to help. But did you know, some of those teams are not paid. Their efforts are all on their own time.
In Baldwin County Tuesday morning, Channel Three's Ricki Vann met Ray Mooney. He is an incident commander and K-9 handler for a non-profit organization called KlaasKids Foundation.
He was in Baldwin County helping assist law enforcement find the missing woman at the Welcome Center off Interstate 10, near County Road 87. Thankfully, the search and rescue teams found the missing woman unharmed.
Mooney said that even though their name says, "Kids" in it, they help search for any person, of all ages. He said, "A lot of people will tell us, 'Well, this is not a child who is missing,' but as we see it, everyone is someone's child."
When Channel Three met Mooney in Baldwin County, he had been working for three days straight. He told us, "We were on a search in Texas through Saturday and then late Saturday night we started heading back and just as we drove in to Pensacola Sunday morning, there was a missing person in Pensacola," said Mooney.
The organization is nationwide and their search and rescue team is based in Pensacola. In Pensacola, he said they have about 100 volunteers and about fifteen of their helpers are trained search dogs. "We use them to see if we can pick up a trail of where the person has gone," said Mooney.
When the person is found, you would think their job is over, but Mooney tells us, when they find who they are looking for, they still have work to do. "That is where we come in to continue helping, because we can stay engaged with the family and law enforcement after they have to go to the next case. We can continue with the families, continue with the loved ones," said Mooney.
Mooney tells us they are always looking for volunteers.