Volunteer Spotlight

Larry Werner, Technical Manager

Nonprofit: San Diego Sheriff Search and Rescue

Saving a stranded person or coming to the rescue during a natural disaster? It’s all in a day’s work for Larry Werner—all in a day’s volunteer work, that is. For over a year, Larry has been a volunteer for the San Diego Sheriff Search and Rescue (SAR). SAR’s main responsibility is to take part in search and rescue missions, but they also provide assistance during natural disasters. Larry is a member of the Training Unit, which provides continuing training to SAR members and runs the annual SAR Academy. New volunteers must go through SAR Academy, consisting of about 220 hours of search and rescue instruction before they become “field qualified” rescue volunteers.

SAR was a natural fit for Larry, who enjoys being outdoors and taking part in community service: “I love the work, comradery, and the mission we serve for the community.” Giving back to the community has always been important to Larry. After leaving the Navy, he began searching for something to fill the void, and was happy to become a part of San Diego Search and Rescue team. As Larry says, “being part of SAR has given me a sense of fulfillment that I have been missing since I left the Navy years ago…Knowing that we can help someone in a time of desperate need and possibly even save someone’s life is a powerful thing, and I’m happy to serve.”

Want to learn more or get involved? Check out http://www.sdsheriff.net/sar.html for more information!