One of the highlights of Sierra Madre’s charming annual Fourth of July Parade is the chance to see the city’s renowned Search and Rescue Team march down Sierra Madre Boulevard.
Did you know the team was founded over 65 years ago? In 1951, a young hiker was lost in the local mountains, and it took a disorganized group of volunteers three days to find him. Their nearly futile search inspired Larry Shepherd and Fred La Lone to establish the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team in August of 1951.
Over the years, and with help from the community, the group’s equipment evolved from a 30-foot length of rope and a flashlight to the best first aid equipment and mountaineering gear available. This well-trained volunteer team has responded to thousands of calls for help in the wilderness and saved many lives throughout the United States and in Mexico.
To learn more about the team, visit smsr.org.