This is a brief post to offer some insights into KISAR’s participation in the recent search for Sawyer Cipolla, the 7-year-old boy who disappeared from the residential area at the bottom of Three Sisters Way on May 7. There was an outpouring of sympathy for the plight of Sawyer and his family, resulting in a community-wide mobilization to assist in finding him. The story of the overall search effort with the thousands of citizens, professional and volunteer agencies, law enforcement, USCG and other military assets, is outside the scope of the incident report that we have prepared recounting KISAR’s involvement. Please refer to news articles written on the incident or the forthcoming report from the law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction for the larger view of the search effort. This document is meant to recount KISAR members’ efforts to assist in bringing resolution to the tragic events between May 7 and 15, 2022.
Our deepest thanks to the members of the wider Kodiak community for their efforts, and our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of Sawyer.
Kodiak Island Search & Rescue (KISAR) is a non-profit organization whose objectives are exclusively charitable, scientific or educational. Specifically, our purposes are:
To furnish highly trained volunteers and dog teams for search and rescue for the benefit and welfare of the community
To organize and support the continuing education and training of volunteers, dog teams and support personnel in accepted search and rescue methods.
To increase public awareness of search and rescue trained volunteers and dog teams and provide informational and educational programs and demonstrations to institutions, agencies and community organizations.