Monday, July 29th, 2019

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It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I report the untimely and unexpected passing of our dear friend and founding member, Bill Keith.

Anyone who knew Bill, knew that he was a friends friend. He was careful, creative, a consummate critical thinker, a willing collaborator and a dedicated public servant, but more importantly a great friend and mentor.

Bill never gave up. Even after a stroke and health issues, he remained active through teaching and always willing to help in anyway he could, both professionally and personal.

Bill will be missed by all who knew him, but his legacy and the memories of him will live on.

He is survived by his loving wife Sharon and their children Zachary and Kaitlynn and many hundred more in his extended SAR, cave and rescue family.

Bill will be missed immensely. Please keep our friends, the Keith family in your thoughts.
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I'm very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Such a nice man and good instructor. Prayers offered for his family and friends.

So sorry for your loss. Sharon you are loved and prayed for...

Bill was a key part to many things that make Va SAR great. My thoughts and prayers to his family, loved ones, dear friends and teammates from all over the SAR community. God bless you Bill, we will carry your pack from here.

Bill took me on my first caving trip. He was a wonderful SAR mentor, a witty friend and the kind of person you always wanted on your side in an argument. Sending love to the whole Keith family.

Prayers for his family...

I am profoundly saddened by this news. Bill truly was a friends friend. Peace be with Sharon and his family. 🙏🙏🙏

Sorry to hear of your loss.

Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue wishes to express our condolences

Jim loss.

Sorry for Black Diamond Search and Rescues, and the family of

My deepest sympathies for the loss of one of the best. R.I.P.

So saddened to see this..

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November 2019 Newsletter

Thursday, November 28th, 2019

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BDSAR 2017 Team Award

Monday, August 20th, 2018

Tearsa Edwards receives the 2017 Team Award

The team award is presented once a year, to one individual, who goes above and beyond to make Black Diamond a better team.

Tearsa is the Equine Team coordinator.

She worked tirelessly for two years to get the equine team trained, tested and credentialed to become a state equine team resource. During this time she also spent countless hours training as a ground team member and responding to missions in Virginia and out of state. Tearsa exemplifies the qualities we look for in members of Black Diamond.

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BDSAR in the News: Black Diamond K-9 handler receives statewide award

Monday, August 20th, 2018

 

https://www.heraldcourier.com/townnews/politics/black-diamond-k–handler-receives-statewide-award/article_4535a5f0-500f-11e8-a875-eb1cf85bf1a1.html

http://wcyb.com/news/local/local-search-team-member-gets-state-honor

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West Virginia Flooding Response.

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Rainelle,West Virginia.
Black Diamond members worked side by side with the West Va state police, DNR, military and local fire and rescue. Tasks including residential searches, welfare checks, distribution of emergency relief supplies, and assisted with a ground search for a missing 73 year old subject with dementia, who was found status 1.
Thank you to all our members who responded to assist our West Virginia neighbors. BD-2

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Full Call out – March, 5th 2016 (Patrick Co, Virginia)

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Mission: VA-019-16
On March 5, 2016, Black Diamond was dispatched to Patrick County, Virginia for a Full Call out including Ground, K-9 and Management. For a missing 18 year old female hiker, separated from her hiking party in the Rock Castle Gorge area of Rocky Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Subject was found alive and well.

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VA-013-16 – Henry County – Full call out – Missing 62 year old female.

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Black Diamond was dispatched to Henry County, VA for a full call out for a missing 62 year old female. She was found hypothermic and dehydrated  but alive by searchers.

 

 

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VA-010-16 – Montgomery Co, VA. – K9 Response requested for missing 13 year old.

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

VA-010-16 – Montgomery Co. – K9 Response requested for a missing 13 year old. Mission ran as a law enforcement response. No further details to be released.

 

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MISSON VA-001-16 FULL CALL OUT – PITTSYLVANIA CO, VA

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Black Diamond was alerted for a full call out to  Pittsylvania County, VA.  All resources
from Ground, K9 & management were requested, The search was later turned over to law enforcement as a fugitive mission.

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Nov 23: Bristol Virginia – Full Call out for a Missing 19-year-old black male with Asperger’s Syndrome

Monday, December 7th, 2015

VA-077-15
Nov 23, 2015
Bristol Virginia – Full Call out for a Missing 19-year-old black male with Asperger’s Syndrome and/or is in the Autism spectrum. Due to this he may not respond to strangers. Subject was located due to investigation by Law Enforcement. The subject had been in the search area, however a business owner noticed the missing subject “hanging around the business”. Due to the cold weather and not wanting the subject loitering, the business owner paid for the subject’s room at the Super 8 motel. Once the identity of the subject had been verified, field resources were called back to base and the mission resumed as a law enforcement investigation.
Man hours – 30 Vehicle miles – 1,074

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