Volunteers solicited for initial organization through Press Releases
- Adirondack Express 2/18/03, Hamilton County News 3/4/03 & Posters
50+ people signed up for the team by 5/1/03
First Basic Wildland Search Skills training 5/31/03 35 people
attended & certified
First Organizational meeting 6/26/03
Mission & By-Laws approved
Officers & Directors elected
Mission Established Provide a search and rescue team to assist
and aid NYS DEC Forest Rangers in search and rescue operations.
Incorporated in NYS as a not-for-profit corporation 9/4/03.
Purchased initial liability insurance with coverage beginning on
Applied for recognition with the IRS on 11/21/03 and received
confirmation on 01/07/04 that they have made an advance ruling determining CASART to be a
publicly supported organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3).
Joined the New York State Federation of Search & Rescue Teams
Logo designed by Doug Groh & Patch created 01/13/04. 100 patches
paid for by a donation from the Herkimer County Spirit Committee.
Second Basic Wildland Search Skills training 5/08/04 29 people
attended & certified
Tracking training held at Vanderkamp camp in Cleveland, NY
06/04-06/04. Administered by nationally recognized veteran of the US Border Patrol, Joel
Hardin. Mike Caltigirone, Roy Reehil and Rob Winter attended from CASART.
6 GPS units paid for by a $900 grant from the Adirondack Bank Charity
Golf Classic 06/14/04.
24 blaze orange vests for Field Members 06/25/04.
Class on Clothing, Equipment & Map & Compass presented to Cub
Scouts in Old Forge 10/19/04.
Crew Boss Course held on 11/06-07/04 hosted by CASART in Inlet. 22
people attended, 11 CASART and the others were from Team 5-1, LASAR and Oswego County
Trailer donated by the Power Authority of the State of New York
08/16/04, restoration and retrofit for use as a field ICP completed by volunteer members
on 05/13/06 and a generator was donated by Wal-Mart to provide electric power in the field.
"Introduction the Human Tracking for Search and Rescue
Volunteers" was held on 09/19/04, taught by Roy Reehil, 5 CASART members attended.
6 Hand held radios and 6 Chest Packs purchased 03/05.
$3,500 Grant received from the State of New York Community Projects
Fund to reimburse CASART for the purchase of GPS Receivers, Hand Held Radios and Chest
Purchase of a base station radio has added to the capabilities of the
trailer for remote communications.
Purchase of a computer and projector and donation of a printer and
scanner has enabled the team to print maps of search areas and make copies in the field
and present PowerPoint based training to the team and the "Hiking Safely"
seminar to the public.
"Hiking Safely" seminar, a community service program
developed by CASART to educate the public about proper outdoor clothing, basic survival
equipment, nutrition, hydration, the dangers of hyperthermia & hypothermia, land
navigation skills with map & compass, special things about the Adirondacks & good
environmental practices. Offered 06/12/04, 07/17/04 & 08/14/04 through ADIRONDACK
EXPLORATIONS and offered 07/07/06 and 08/04/06 at the Old Forge Library, 07/14/06 at
Indian Lake and 07/20/06 at the Woodcraft Camp near Rondaxe Lake.
Generous financial support from individual and business donations,
contracts with the Towns of Arietta, Indian Lake, Inlet, Long Lake & Webb & grants
have made CASART a viable community service organization.
80 Active Members come from most of the
surrounding central Adirondack communities of Big Moose, Eagle
Bay, Inlet, Long Lake, Old Forge, Otter Lake, Raquette Lake,
Thendara, as well as communities outside the Adirondacks, 76 DEC
certified BWSS, 13 DEC certified Crew Boss, 6 NYS Licensed
Guides, 1 MD, 1 Nurse Practitioner, 2 Registered Nurse, 2 Licensed
Practical Nurse, 1 Paramedic, 8 Emergency Medical Technician, 2
Wilderness First Responder, 3 First Responder, 14 Automatic
External Defibrillator, 26 Basic First Aid and 29 Cardio
Two Mock Searches 2004: Type II Search with Team 5-1 in Benson
Mock Search with Massasauga SAR in Geneseo
Mock Search and Rescue led by Forest Rangers Pete
Evans and Greg George
05/21/05 at Limekiln
Two Mock Searches in 2006:
Lake in the
Three Mock Searches in 2007:
Moose River Plains Recreation Area
Mountain Recreation Area
Two Mock Searches in 2008: Windfall Pond in the
Pigeon Lake Wilderness Area 04/26/08, Fern Mountain Recreation Area
Three Mock Searches in 2009.
Three mock Searches in 2010.
Two Mock Searches in 2011. Grants for radios and a
storage facility for our trailer were recieved.
ACTIVATIONS (Linked to
CASART Report if available)
First activation 10/11/03 - 73 year old Alzheimers victim
Search & Rescue successful Bald (Rondaxe) Mountain, Herkimer County, subject rescued.
Second activation 11/8/03 - 40 year old Search & Rescue
successful Camillus Forest Unique Area, Onondaga County, subject rescued.
Third activation 11/30/03 - 42 year old Search & Recovery
Rock Lake area north of Stillwater Reservoir, Herkimer County, subject found deceased.
Fourth activation 05/30/04 - 8 year old & 5 year old
Search & Rescue Rensselaer County, subjects rescued & CASART deactivated just
prior to deployment.
Fifth activation 09/07-10/04 - 74 year old male Search &
Rescue West Sand Lake in Rensselaer County, search terminated 09/11/04. Considered a
Sixth activation 10/20/04 - 52 year old female Search &
Rescue Walton, Delaware County, subject not found.
Seventh activation 11/18/04 - 20 year old male Search &
Rescue Canton, St. Lawrence County, subject found deceased.
Eighth activation 01/11/05 - 63 year old male Search &
Rescue Hudson Highlands State Park, Putnam County, subject not found. Found a month later
Ninth activation 10/24/05 - 68 year old male Search & Rescue
Norway, NY, Herkimer County, searched six (6) days, subject found deceased, possible
Tenth activation 11/29/05 - 41 year old female Search & Rescue Vischer Ferry, NY, Saratoga County, searched two (2) days, subject found hospitalized in
North Adams Regional Hospital, Massachusetts.
Eleventh activation 12/03/05 - 80 year old male Search & Rescue
Wells, NY, Hamilton County, searched one (1) morning subject found deceased just prior to
Twelfth activation 01/26/06 61 year old male Search &
Rescue Weedsport , NY, Cayuga County, searched one (1) day, subject not found. Found a
week later deceased.
Thirteenth activation 03/31/06 82 year old male Search
& Rescue Star Lake, NY St. Lawrence County, searched one (1) morning, subject found
alive just prior to CASART arrival.
Fourteenth activation 04/26/06 45 year old male Search
& Rescue Indian Lake, NY, Hamilton County, searched five (5) days, subject not found.
Fifteenth activation 06/17/06 45 year old male Search
& Rescue Moose River Plains NY, Hamilton County, searched eight (8) days, subject not
Sixteenth activation 06/30/06 70 year old female with
Alzheimers Search & Rescue Plessis, NY Jefferson County, searched seven (7)
days, subject not found.
Seventeenth activation 10/17/06 45 year old male Search
& Rescue, North Wilmurt, NY, Herkimer County, searched one (1) morning subject walked
out on his own.
Eighteenth activation 05/17/07 -- 87 year old male Search &
Rescue, DeKalb Junction, NY, St. Lawrence County, searched one (1) morning, subject found
Nineteenth activation 06/06/07 -- 57 year old female Search &
Rescue, Raquette Lake, NY Hamilton County, searched two (2) days, subject found deceased.
Twentieth activation Search & Recovery
01/06-07/08 & 01/12/08 Williams 47 year old male coyote hunting
near Waterville, NY, Oneida County, searched three days, subject not
found. Found deceased 04/29/08, gunshot wound, suicide.
Twenty-first activation Search & Recovery 10/09/08 Morey 91 year
old male scouting hunting locations near Norway, NY, Herkimer
County, searched one (1) morning, subject found deceased just prior
to CASART arrival.
Twenty-second activation Search 10/17-20 08 &
10/25-26/08 -- Gillingham 71 year old male thought to be hiking on
the Rock River trail near Indian Lake, NY, Hamilton County, searched
six days, subject not found.
Twenty-third activation Search & Rescue 11/09-10/08
-- Lawler 76
year old male hunting in the vicinity of Woodhull Lake near Otter
Lake, NY, Oneida County, searched 2 days, subject found in stable
Twenty-fourth activation Search & Rescue 03/15/10
-- Risenberg 50 year old male and Lyon 49 year old male hiking on Blackhead Mountain in the vicinity of Hensonville, NY, Green County, searched 2 days, 1st subject found in fair condition with hypothermia and the 2nd subject found deceased.
Twenty-fifth activation Search &
Recovery 5/25/10 -- Shirleen Lavine. Police found Shirleen Lavine's car
on Picketville Road in Parishville. Several CASART members
responded. subject was found deceased along a trail.
Twenty-sixth activation Search & Recovery
09/12-14/10 – McCartin 75 year old male with early signs of dementia
disappeared from his camp in the vicinity of Rodham, NY, Jefferson
County, searched three (3) days, subject found deceased in heavy
undergrouth, 200 yards from his camp.
Twenty-seventh activation Search &
Rescue 10/11/10 – Arnold 67 year old male with diabetes and COPD,
hunting with friends, ATV became stuck in mud and he took shelter in
a generator shack overnight in the vicinity of Beartown State Park,
Lewis County, NY. Searched one (1) day, subject found in the woods in good condition.
Twenty-eighth activation Search &
Recovery 11/03/10 – Brennan 20 year old male, ATV and clothing found
in the vicinity of Shandaken, Ulster County, NY in the Catskills. Searched one (1) day, subject found deceased.
Twenty-ninth activation Search
11/13-19/10 – Hamilton 92 year old male hiker lost in the Allegany
State Park, Cattaraugus County, NY. Searched seven (7) days, subject was never found.
Thirtieth-activation Search & Recovery 11/14-16/10 – Levett 79 year old male lost hunter in the
Town of Montague, Lewis County, NY. Searched three (3) days, subject was found by helicopter on
the edge of a swamp, deceased.
Thirty-first activation Search &
Rescue 11/18/10 – Foster 76 year old female Alzheimer’s patient
wandered away from her home, Elizabethtown Essex County, NY. Searched one (1) day, subject found in good condition.
Thirty-second activation Search
11/24-27/10 – Wamsganz 22 year old male disappeared in the vicinity
of the Adirondack Loj between Lake Placid and Keene, Essex County,
NY. Searched four (4) days, subject never located.
Thirty-third activation Search &
Recovery 11/24-26/10 – Watson 20 year old female disappeared in the
vicinity of Moyers Corners Clay, Onondaga County, NY. Searched three (3) days, subject located deceased. Criminal matter, boyfriend charged with her murder.
Search & Recovery 3/30/11 – Young 44 year old female hiker, left facebook posts
and emails that indicated she was going for a hike. Her car
was found near Limekiln Lake. 1 day search.
Ms. Young’s remains were found by Rangers.
Cold Case Search 5/22/11 –
NYS Trooper Cold Case. No clues were discovered.
Search & Recovery 11/12/11 – Gregory 46 white male. Gregory crashed
his car in Scriba after leaving a bowling alley early Saturday morning. He
was last seen about 2 a.m. Saturday morning. He remains were discovered by a
Search & Recovery 11/25/11 – Knight 64 year old male. Became lost while hunting. Crews searched wooded areas that he was known to hunt around his home. He was located mid-afternoon by a landowner, deceased.
Search & Rescue 11/27/11 – Dousharm 17 year old
male. Left his home around 1:00 Saturday afternoon and was seen walking into the woods behind his house. He was located by a sheriff's deputy around 6:00AM Sunday morning.
Search & Recovery 11/29-30/11 – Beede 63 year old male. Became lost
while hunting. Crews searched wooded areas that he was known to hunt around
his truck. He was located mid-afternoon by grid search deceased.