Our Handlers and K-9s

Jan Harkner-Abbs and Curse, Jin, Fig (in-training) and Rock

Ground searcher/K-9 handler

Human Remains Detection and

Live-find/Area Search/Disaster

Trailing in training

FEMA Canine Search Specialist

Emergency Medical Technician

National Association of Search and Rescue SAR Tech II

NASAR Instructor/Lead Evaluator

Live-find (International Police Work Dog Association/IPWDA)

Land Cadaver (IPWDA)

Water Cadaver (IPWDA)
Light Disaster-Live (IPWDA)

Firefighter/Instructor 2/3

Ice Rescue Instructor

Fire Department Dive Rescue Team

CPR/AED

Search Manager

In SAR since: 1993

Home county: Noble

 

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Ground searcher/K-9 handler

Live-find/Area Search

 

Police officer/K-9 Handler

National Association of Search and Rescue SAR Tech II

K9 Live-find Area search (IPWDA)

Emergency Medical Responder

Firefighter

Search manager

CPR/AED

Ice Rescue

In SAR since: December 1997

Home county: Allen

Jason Fuhrman, Tick and Maggie (in-training)

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Ground Searcher/K-9 handler

Live-find/Area Search

 

National Association of Search and Rescue SAR Tech II

Basic First Aid

CPR/AED

Area Search (IPWDA)

In SAR since: January 2016

Home county: Allen

Bill Johnston and Conall

and Fallyn (in-training)

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Ground searcher/K-9 handler

Trailing

 

National Association of Search and Rescue SAR Tech II

Search manager

Basic First Aid

CPR/AED

Trailing (IPWDA and Sleuth Hounds)

In SAR since: August 2012

Home County: Branch County, MI

 

 

Jackie Harris and Xenia and

Nix (in-training)

Ground searcher/K-9 handler

Trailing

 

National Association of Search and Rescue SAR Tech II

Trailing (IPWDA)

Search Manager

Basic First Aid

CPR/AED

In SAR since: August 2012

Home County: Branch County, MI

 

Keith Harris and Thor

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Ground searcher/K-9 handler 

Live-find in-training

CPR/AED

National Association of Seach and Rescue SARTech II

Trailing (IPWDA)

In SAR since: October 2017

Home county: Allen

Lynette Swineheart and Gryph

Karen Karrer and Dudley 

Ground searcher/K-9 handler 

Trailing

Emergency Medical Technician

National Association of Search and Rescue SAR Tech II

NASAR Instructor/Evaluator

CPR/AED

Trailing (IPWDA)

In SAR since: November 1997

Home County: Allen 

 

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Ground searcher/ K-9 handler

Trailing

 

Emergency Medical Responder

National Association of Search and Rescue SAR Tech II

Trailing 

CPR/AED

In SAR since: August 2012

Home County: Steuben

 

Ed Ralston and Bergy-Bear 

Ground searcher/K-9 handler

Live find/Disaster/Human Remains Detection

FEMA CE Live disaster

Live find (IPWDA, IDHS credentialed)

Human Remains Detection (IDHS credentialed)

FEMA Canine Search Specialist

National Association of Search and Rescue SARTech II

CPR/AED

First Aid

Jayne Stommel and Guinness

Not pictured: Nike

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Ground searcher/ K-9 handler

Human Remains Detection

 

National Association of Search and Rescue SAR Tech II Instructor

Land Cadaver (IPWDA)

Emergency Medical Responder

Search Manager

CPR/AED

Ice Rescue

In SAR since: September 2013

Home county: Noble

Rebecca Knight and Helo

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Ground searcher/ K-9 handler

Human Remains Detection

 

National Association of Search and Rescue SAR Tech II

IPWDA Instructor

Land Cadaver (IPWDA)

Crime Scene Cadaver (IPWDA)

Retired law enforcement

Search Manager

Technical Search Planning

CPR/AED

In SAR since: 2006

Home county: Michigan

Cynthia Avery and Nesia

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Ground searcher/K-9 handler

Human Remains Detection

National Association of Search and Rescue SARTech II

CPR/AED

Land Cadaver (IPWDA)

In SAR since: August 2017

Home county: Huntington

Melba Stout and Arlo 

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Medical Coordinator/Ground searcher/K-9 handler

Human Remains Detection

National Association of Search and Rescue SARTech II

Paramedic

CPR/AED

Land Cadaver (IPWDA)

In SAR since: October 2017

Home county: Allen

Katie Adelman and Ash 
 

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K-9 handler in-training/Ground Searcher in-training

Human Remains Detection in-training

In SAR since: February 2021

Home county: Steuben

Kylee Harris and Rogue

Ground searcher/K-9 handler

Live-find/Area Search

CPR/AED

National Association of Search and Rescue SARTech II

Live-Find/Area Search (IPWDA)

 

In SAR since: March 2016

Home county: LaGrange

Cherie Borg and Satchel

 

Ground searcher 

 

National Association of Search and Rescue SARTech II

CPR/AED

Basic First Aid

Emergency Medical Responder

In SAR since: August 2017

Home county: Whitley

Stephanie Phillips

Our Affiliates

Our affiliate members are available to us as needed. Though they do not train with us regularly, they frequently deploy alongside us, bringing with them their specific technical expertise or equipment.

Noble County Emergency Manager

Associate Emergency Manager (International Association of Emergency Managers)

Professional Emergency Manager (IDHS)

Groundsearcher/Drone Technician

All-hazards Situation Unit Leader

Comprehensive Emergency Management Planning

Home county: Noble

Mick Newton