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Scott County's Search and Rescue Team recognized nationally for work

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Marshia Morton, captain of Scott County Search and Rescue K-9 Unit, shows Amber Scudder, county emergency management director, the "Keeper of the FLAME" Award presented to the unit Saturday by the CUE Center for Missing Persons of Wilmington, N.C. Looking on are, left, Donnie Kiefer, Scott County commissioner, and Presiding Commissioner Jamie Burger. Scott Welton, Staff
BENTON -- The Scott County Search and Rescue K-9 Unit has received national recognition but could still use ID.

The volunteer search team was presented with the 17th Annual National "Keeper of the Flame" Award Saturday by the CUE Center for Missing Persons of Wilmington, N.C., according to Marshia Morton, captain of the unit.

"It's for special services," Morton said. "They give it out once per year at the national conference. It was for services that our team did in Florida, Texas, North and South Carolina and West Virginia."

The unit was established in November 2003 by Morton after she moved to the area from Tennessee where she was part of a canine search and rescue group.

Since then, the Scott County Search and Rescue K-9 Unit has assisted with missing person searches in the local area and around the nation including in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

The unit has already been called to South Carolina twice this year, she said, and two of the team's dogs are training for national certification testing next month which will bring the number of the team's nationally certified dogs to four.

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