Local philanthropist donates $7,000 to replace Fresno County search and rescue equipment

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Fresno County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue volunteers were gifted the money needed to replace their stolen equipment by a local philanthropist.

The former CEO of Pelco, David McDonald, contacted Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims and he said he heard in the news about three of volunteers with the search and rescue mountaineering team who had their equipment stolen and he wanted to help them, says sheriff’s office spokesperson Tony Botti.

McDonald donated $7,000 to the team, Botti says, which will cover the costs to replace all of their stolen gear.

McDonald also expressed his deep appreciation for the work first responders do and how it’s important to make sure they have what they need to do their jobs.

Mims and the entire search and rescue mountaineering team say they are thankful to McDonald and everyone in the community who donated toward the stolen items.

“The generosity is simply incredible,” Botti says.

The donation is following a recent incident regarding a car break in and theft of thousands of dollars worth of search and rescue gear for volunteers heading up to Butte County on Nov. 23 to help in the aftermath of the Camp Fire.

Their help was needed to continue searching through burned debris for the remains of people who are reported missing.

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