MCSAR Receives Bullard Save a Life Club Award

posted May 13, 2018, 9:04 PM by Kristi Hurt

MCSAR Receives Bullard Save a Life Club Award

BRADENTON May 28, 2017 -Today, members of Manatee County Search and Rescue were honored by 
Bullard Emergency Responder and inducted into their Save A Life Club. This award is given to an agency or agency member that has used a Bullard Thermal Imaging Camera in a way that assisted in saving a life. 
Manatee County Search and Rescue is the first stand alone search and rescue agency in the country to be a recipient of this prestigious honor. The members were presented their plaques this morning at the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners meeting by Bullard Corporation representative Rob Healy and were joined by Lieutenant Davis of the St. Petersburg Police Department. Lt. Davis requested the team back in May of this year to assist in locating a missing autistic child and brought him home safely.

The team wants to extend their deepest thanks to Mr. Healy, Bullard , Lieutenant Davis and the St Petersburg Police Department for the opportunity to help the community. They would also like to thank the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for their generous grant that allowed the team to purchase the two Bullard Thermal Imaging Cameras that were used in this search. It is with the assistance of people like you that the team is able to continue to do the job they do and appreciate the support of their efforts.

2015 K-9 Training Seminar

posted May 3, 2016, 8:56 AM by Jared Leggett

Trainers spent four days training handlers and their K-9s in a variety of scenarios across Manatee County. The K-9 units in training are all privately owned, but they are trained to work as search and rescue dogs in the field. Units from across Florida and as far away as North Carolina participated in the three day seminar. Fred Mendiola with Brevard County Sheriff’s Office worked as a trainer and he says the goal was to make the training simulations as realistic as possible.

“Just basically working on different scenarios on locating lost persons; of course with cadavers. We also are doing tracking and trailing for their live finds”, said Mendiola.

A culmination of three days of training lead up to the final test- a real life crime scene simulation. Meghan Wolf with Manatee County Search and Rescue says the training is to prepare both the K-9s and their handler what to expect when they arrive on scene and how to handle the situation. Wolf say this is an ever-evolving field of work which requires continuous training.

Manatee County SAR K-9 Training Seminar

posted Sep 29, 2014, 7:48 PM by Jared Leggett

8/21/2014  1230hrs
Manatee County Search & Rescue has partnered with National Center for K-9 Training to bring the first K-9 Training Seminar. Two programs will be featured and students can choose either Tracking/Trailing OR Human Remains Detection.  The seminar is open to Law Enforcement and Civilian Search & Rescue K-9 Handlers.  Both courses of instruction will have an emphasis on the integration of civilian resources with law enforcement officers to develop understand and to ensure the smooth integration of the two entities when partnered on a search together.

Congratulations to Tim Hillman!

posted Feb 25, 2014, 10:02 AM by Jared Leggett

CONGRATULATIONS to MCSAR's own Tim Hillman who won First Place in the EMT portion of the First Responder Challenge! The competition was held on Saturday November 16th at Manatee Technical Institutes East Campus.  Tim, who is a Firefighter/EMT, also stepped up and competed in the Law Enforcement Challenge! OUTSTANDING JOB TIM!

Community members watch fire fighters, law enforcement and EMS showcase their prowess durning the First Responders Challenge as they compete for bragging rights as the most skilled among their peers. This family-friendly event, also includes demonstrations such as Bay Flight, Canine Unit, Search & Rescue Canine Unit, as well as an emergency extrication team.

MCSAR Utilizes New Web-Based Dispatch App

posted Aug 29, 2013, 10:15 PM by Jared Leggett ( is a web-based system which saves critical time for Manatee County Search & Rescue when responding to emergencies.  After receiving a dispatch notification, MCSAR responders speed dial one number on their phone.  Responders are immediately connected to an automated telephone system for a call that lasts only seconds.  On one simple computer screen (accessed through any computer with internet access), MCSAR team leaders and dispatchers immediately see who is responding, their level of certification/qualification, the time that they are responding, and where they are responding (station or scene).  No one needs to answer any telephone or radio calls from any responders, and no software had to be purchased or installed.  With, no more time is wasted waiting for members who are not responding, reactivations are issued much sooner when not enough responders are en route to the station or scene, and response times are significantly reduced. 

Sheriff's Youth Ranch Juvenile Goes Missing, Later Found

posted Aug 11, 2013, 8:16 AM by Jared Leggett

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida [NMT] -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported a missing juvenile on Sunday, August 4th, at about 6 p.m., in the woods surrounding the Sheriff's Youth Ranch, 751 Rye Wilderness Trail, in East Manatee County.

A sheriff's report said Jordan Luckett, 16, went outside to do his assigned chores at approximately 6 p.m. and was seen running into the woods. 

The other juveniles and staff looked for him but could not find him. They then notified MSO, advising he may be lost in the woods. 

The juvenile is not from this county and has no family or friends in the area. 

The surrounding area was then searched by several deputies with negative results. 

The aviation unit, blood hounds, and the Manatee Search and Rescue team were paged out to assist. 

Upon their arrival, Luckett was found near the fire station located at 150 Rye Rd. 


6-year boy who drowned off Manatee beach saved girl's life first

posted Jun 12, 2013, 7:09 AM by Jared Leggett

 Monday, April 22, 2013

Before being swept away by a current, 6-year-old Lamontea Taylor saved the life of another child who was swimming with him.

Lamontea Taylor, whose body was found by searchers around 10 a.m. Monday in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island, helped prevent a 5-year-old girl named Natallie from drowning, the girl's mother said.

"My daughter was swimming with him in the beach, and he went under and pushed her up and saved her life," Amanda Jones said. "She told me she couldn't breathe, and Lamontea pushed her up. That was the last anyone seen of him."

Lamontea, a student at Bradenton's Samoset Elementary School, went missing in the waters of Longboat Pass around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Personnel from multiple agencies, including the Coast Guard, searched for him Saturday night and Sunday.

His body was found by two Florida Fish and Wildlife officers Monday and brought to shore. Bradenton Beach police are investigating the case as a drowning.

Natallie Porter, the little girl, was treated at a local hospital Saturday evening.

"She was traumatized," Jones said. "She was in shock, but she is OK. He's our hero and we'll always remember him as our hero we are forever grateful."

The outcome for Natalie apparently could have been much worse if not for Lamontea's actions.

Authorities said Lamontea was with his family until he got caught in a rip current and swept out to sea. Signs prohibit swimming in the area because of strong currents.

"You have a terrible terrible example of what happens when you get too close and you go in go in the water where there is no swimming. And get caught in current and a lot of things can happen. This is again a tragedy because a young life has been lost now," said Lenard Diaz, Detective Seargent with the Bradenton Beach Police Department.

The boy’s mother, Laketa Taylor, was too devastated to talk to Bay News 9 Monday. Though she did say thank you to everyone who helped with the search.

Detectives with the Bradenton Beach Police Department say the boy's parents do not face any criminal charges, and are calling what happened an accident.

Funeral arrangements have not been made at this time, however the family is asking for help to pay for it when they do.

Search for missing 6-year-old boy called off for night

posted Jun 12, 2013, 7:06 AM by Jared Leggett

Sunday, April 21, 2013

The search for a 6-year-old boy who went missing in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday evening has been called off for the night.

Lamontea Taylor either fell off or was swept off a jetty at Longboat Pass around 6:30 p.m., the Manatee County Sheriff's Office said. Personnel from multiple agencies searched for him into the night before stopping because of darkness.

The search by Coast Guard resumed at daybreak Sunday. Authorities said Lamontea was with his family until he got caught in a rip current and swept out to sea. Signs prohibit swimming in the area because of strong currents.

"I'm just lost for words I don't know what to say. I'm just lost, weak, just lost,” said the boy’s mother,” Laketa Taylor.

She waited for word Sunday in the same picnic area on Coquina Beach where family and friends had been enjoying a cookout before it took a tragic turn. She said Lamontea and several other children went in to the water when she wasn't looking.

Lamontea's brother tried to save them all from the strong currents.

"Just came and jumped in the water and started grabbing, grabbed my other cousin and my stepsister out of the water but when I turned around I didn’t see my brother,” said Nicholas McGee.

Strangers who heard about the search also did what they could to find the boy. Some have been helping look since it all began.

"We continued to search with our flashlights until about 1:30 to see what we could find. Obviously we weren't able to do so,” said Elisha Evangelisto.

As the hours ticked by, the rescue turned to a recovery mission.

"For his life, I don't really feel there's hope for that. I just want my baby out of the water, to see him and touch him and stuff. I just want him out of there,” said Taylor.

Lost Bradenton Hiker, Dog Rescued From Myakka City Swamplands

posted Jun 12, 2013, 6:56 AM by Jared Leggett

April 15, 2013

A Bradenton man and his dog were rescued after getting lost for several hours Sunday in the swamplands of Edward Chance Reserve in Myakka City, authorities said.

Joseph Lee Brandt, 50, had become disoriented while on a hiking trip and got lost in an area of thick brush and swampland well off the registered trails in the preserve, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Brandt called 911 but was unable to provide his specific location, and his cell phone was nearly out of power, a sheriff's office spokesperson said.

Numerous patrol deputies, including one with a bloodhound, as well as the aviation unit and Manatee County Search and Rescue were dispatched to the scene. Deputies used sirens to make contact with Brandt, "who was still lost in the thick swampland and brush," a sheriff's media release said.

The aviation unit eventually spotted him, but due to the terrain, it took several more hours to extricate Brandt and his dog from the swamp.

Brandt was recovered in a dehydrated, exhausted, but otherwise healthy condition, officials said.

It's That Time of Year Again!...

posted Dec 7, 2012, 11:17 AM by Jared Leggett   [ updated Dec 7, 2012, 11:18 AM ]

The end of the year is approaching quickly and we REALLY need your HELP!! If you (or someone you know) would like to donate to a qualified 501(c)3 charity, it would be greatly appreciated. All donations are tax exempt. We really need the support of the community to provide our services. MCSAR is in need of general operating funds to pay for vehicle insurance and supplies used over the past year. E
very little bit help! If you are able to donate, please contact . 

This past year to date, MCSAR has run 11 missing person calls and numerous public relations events. We provided fingerprint services and DNA kits for children at any public event we attend. We have also assisted with other types of incidents such as, medical emergencies on the water, vehicle accidents, disabled vehicles, cold case searches and live find missing persons. 

The promotion of good will, community respect, and confidence in Manatee County Search & Rescue will continue to be of the highest priority for all volunteers.

Our members are ready, ANY TIME, ANY PLACE, ANY WHERE, We'll bring you home!

Thank You for your continued support.

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