ODNR Officers Sent to Assist in Search and Rescue Efforts Following New Mexico Flooding – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio


Six natural resources officers from Ohio have been deployed to New Mexico to assist with search and rescue efforts in response to severe flooding.

The team was deployed on Friday, according to the ODNR.

“We have sympathy for the people of New Mexico and want to send our best resources to keep everyone safe,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “Our Natural Resource Officers will play an invaluable role in rescue efforts, using their training to help save lives.”

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The ODNR said Captain Michael Sterwerf, Sergeant Eric McCune, Officer Richard McCullough, Officer Paul Lallier, Investigator Troy Newman and Officer Kevin Peters are “highly trained” in swiftwater rescues and will serve in Mora County where recent wildfires have accelerated flooding. risk.

“I’m proud of these officers,” said Glen Cobb, chief of the ODNR’s parks and watercraft division. “They embody the core values ​​of duty, safety, service, adaptability and professionalism as they selflessly travel across the country to contribute to this effort.”

This is the first out-of-state deployment of natural resource officers since 2008.


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