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Voluntary Works   2 comments

A guy named Dalton Hanson wandered away from a hunting camp last week. September in Alaska is dangerous times. It’s our hunting season, when we get two or three weeks to get a moose, when many of us supplement our income by filling the freezer with meat. It’s also hunting season for bears, who are packing on weight for the winter. Humans are as tasty a moose as far as a grizzly is concerned. The weather changes on a dime. It was pretty warm when he disappeared, but it’s been much worse — cold, rainy, snowing — since then.

So, last Saturday, Josh Bennett of Patriot’s Lament told the public about Dalton’s disappearance and asked folks to help out when they can. This week he and his teenage son have been dragging gear in and out from this camp to help with the search efforts for this guy.  It’s miles and miles from any road, the only access is Argo or helicopter. The Alaska Search and Rescue group is a completely voluntary group who go out in the worst of conditions, sleep under tarps and find folks. Their dogs must be trained for two years before they can be used in the field. It’s a big commitment and completely voluntary. Some of these people are flying in helicopters that have no business being aloft in the conditions we’re having right now, but they keep coming back, searching dawn to dusk.

What’s more, they keep track of anyone who comes out to help with the search. Josh put out the call to a Saturday morning radio show audience in Fairbanks, Alaska. He may have hundreds of listeners, but because he pays for the airtime himself and doesn’t rely on advertising, he has no real idea of his listenership. So he puts out this call and the Rescue squad asks people why they’ve shown up to help.

75 people said they heard the request for help on Patriot’s Lament.

They haven’t found Dalton yet, but I want to point out that the State of Alaska is involved through the State Troopers and other agencies (that crazy helicopter pilot may have been our DOT pilot), but the largest part of this search is being conducted by volunteers. Josh isn’t getting paid for what he’s doing. He’s a trucker and he has special skills and the State would probably pay him if required, but that’s not why he’s out there. The ASR group could be an agency of the state, but they’re not. They are all volunteers.

We have this idea that nothing would get done if government didn’t do it and we are so wed to that idea that we don’t even realize that there are folks around us who do things voluntarily all the time and things get done because of it.

Just a thought.

 

Posted September 19, 2015 by aurorawatcherak in Anarchy

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