Operation Reports SDMRT 2018-09 Spring Valley

SDMRT 2018-09 Spring Valley

July 22-23,2018

author of report Bill McNaul

SDMRT Responders: Bill McNaul

SDMRT ITC: Dennis Peck

Other responding organizations SDSAR (12), ASTREA, SD PD(1), SD Fire Unit

Short Summary:

  • Type of callout: full
  • In-county
  • Type of search: missing person search.
  • Environment: urban
  • Location
    • Last Known Point / Point Last Seen: Monterey Trellis Apartments 8914 Troy St.Spring Valley a “closed” facility escort required to leave
    • Command Post: Goodland Acres Park 8848 Troy St., Spring Valley
    • Found: 300 m west of LKP. 8948 Troy Street, Spring Valley
  • Operational periods, if applicable
    • Earliest time of activity: callout time, 2224 July 22, 2018,
    • Ending time: 0129 July 23, 2018 3hr 5 min
  • Information about the subjects:
    • Number/names of subjects: 1, Charles Edward Panerosa
    • Age / Gender: 75 yo/ male
    • Level of fitness and experience: low 5’9” medium build hobbles with limited agility
    • Mental status: dementia, depression, Parkinson’s disease.
    • Injuries: none other than fatigue
    • How were they found: Sheriff SAR motorized team,
  • Any rescuers injured: none
  • Aircraft used: ASTREA helicopter using voice attraction and info.

Lessons learned/ suggestions for future operations:

Thoroughly check close to LKP first.

Message from Cmd. Frank Motley:

I wanted to take a moment and thank everyone that was involved in the two searches we had last night. Our first call-out was to Vista, for Francisco Larios. Division Leader Ernie Cowan took the lead on this search, and began coordinating the efforts in Vista. While this search was still underway, and about 8 hours in, we received a second call-out to Spring Valley for missing at risk subject, Charles Panerosa. R/Captain Eric Hanigan took the lead on this one.

As the search in Vista was suspended, several SAR/SDMRT folks made their way south to participate in this second search, which speaks volumes of the level of professionalism displayed by our volunteers. RVs Larry Werner and Richard Skrivanek ultimately made the find for Mr. Panerosa, who had fallen in a large yard and was disoriented, in pain, and very cold. Larry got out of Richard’s vehicle to search a long driveway that he could not see from the vehicle and that little extra effort likely saved Mr Panerosa’s life.

It’s efforts such as this that make the differences between life and death, and I could not be more proud of SAR and SDMRT. Always keep in mind that there is a victim, and a victim’s family, as the base of every call-out, and your extra efforts can make the difference between life and death. A tremendous endeavor last night rewarded us with a safe subject and a grateful family. Well done to all who participated.