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Local search and rescue group hosts fundraiser to support lifesaving services

The Advanced Tactical Training Search and Rescue volunteers will be at Pfenning's Organic farm from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Photo from the Advanced Tactical Training Search and Rescue group's Facebook page.

A local search and rescue group is looking for community support during its annual fundraising event.

The Advanced Tactical Training Search and Rescue is hoping to raise $10,000 for new equipment that will go towards improving the group's efforts in future rescue missions.  

Residents are encouraged to come to Pfenning's Organic farm in New Hamburg from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to learn more about the organization, meet some of the rescue dogs and horses, and enjoy food and entertainment. 

William Bolton, Senior Trainer of Advanced Tactical Training Search and Rescue, says events like this help people to see where donations go.

According to Bolton, all the money they collect goes strictly to training and maintaining equipment. 

"There is no administrative fee." says Bolton, "By donating to us you basically support us to be able to help others."

Advanced Tactical Training Search and Rescue has been in Waterloo Region for about several years, and provide free assistance in emergencies where a person has gone missing.

Bolton says the group grew in volunteers after having a successful first rescue mission.  

"We started off with a child that was missing in New Hamburg, " says Bolton, " And after the police did all they could, we stepped in and then took over, and then support the family until the child was found."

"At that point, there were a number of other people who wanted to join us and help us and that's when the team started."

Bolton says he became interested in joining due to his military background and feels satisfaction in giving closure to families who are missing a loved one. 

"Most families who have lost loved ones, will tell you that their life has stood still because they don't know where to go or what to do from there." says Bolton, "So for us to come in and to bring the families some sort of closure is a nice thing to do." 

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