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Search and Rescue team runs successful drill

ALPENA, Mich.– Some Alpena citizens may have noticed some neon–vested Search and Rescue workers downtown Saturday. The good news is it was only drill.

The Alpena County Search and Rescue team conducted their monthly drill Saturday morning. They met up early at the Alpena harbor to set up the incident command trucks and prepare the equipment. They received their briefing at 10:00 A.M: a young man had disappeared after a bad breakup.

Drills like these help keep the team prepared for an emergency, especially the K–9 handlers and drone operators.


“We’ll be sending out teams to go in different areas,” said Deputy Chris Moe-Herlick, “and hopefully our trailing dog can give us a direction of travel. We have a couple of trailing dogs, a couple of various search dogs, and then I’m sure our drones will probably be flying. We have two drones here today. They’ll probably be flying the shoreline.”

Those dogs and drones came in handy. They located the missing person downtown around 4:00 P.M.