Search and Rescue seeks additional funds to help with Serenity search, other operations

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The search for Serenity Dennard was put on hold this past weekend, but behind the scenes it’s put a strain on the county’s Search and Rescue budget.

It’s been one of the most extensive searches in state history, and on Tuesday the Pennington County Commission will hold a public meeting on whether or not to increase the search and rescue budget. The hearing is tentatively scheduled for 9:15 a.m. in the County Commission Chambers on Kansas City Street.

The Commission is considering approving a $73,243.92 budget supplement. The money would be used for the Serenity search and for other operations as well.

According to Sheriff Kevin Thom, “Search and Rescue does a lot of things. They went up to the Open Cut and helped the people in Lead. We were at Falling Rock when the small girl fell off there. We continue to do a lot of other things unrelated to the Serenity search and this helps offset costs, which we’ll have for the remainder of the year.”

Search crews say they’ll be back out next weekend to look for Serenity if the weather allows. The dog teams are run by volunteers so the weekends are the only times that they can come out.

The sheriff’s office is also looking to drone operators for additional help.

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