In February 1958, a tragic climbing accident occurred on Big Falls, in Forest Falls, California, resulting in the death of a 13-year-old boy. Rescue attempts were futile because there were no experienced personnel or climbing equipment available. As a result of this unfortunate tragedy, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department spearheaded a recruitment of volunteers, forming the county’s first mountain search and rescue team. Since that time, the San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team has performed thousands of searches, rescues,
and body recoveries. The organization is the oldest of its kind in San Bernardino County and is proud to have second-generation team members. This book tells the story of these dedicated volunteers through photographs taken by team members and through the stories retold by those who were there.
About the Author
Bob Lehmann sits on the San Gorgonio Search and Rescue Team Board of Directors and is a past team president and 25-year member. His father, Bob Lehmann Sr., was a founding member of the team. Bob Blanck is the current team vice president and has been a member for over 10 years.