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The Annual Peabody Award
In November of 2005, Mr. Larry Peabody died after a lengthy illness. Larry was a dedicated professional volunteer with the State of California and the Office of Emergency Services, Law Enforcement Branch. For over 27 years Larry assisted the OES Law Enforcement Branch with the dispatch coordination of search and rescue canine personnel and resources in all types of SAR missions. In the course of his work with Cal OES, Larry assisted in over 6,000 SAR missions. Throughout the majority of his affiliation with Cal OES, Larry remained available to provide dispatch coordination on a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week posture despite several bouts with major illnesses and without receiving compensation. It is only proper that an annual award be established in Larry’s honor that perpetuates his admirable service to the citizens and State of California. Each year, an award will be presented to an individual SAR volunteer or team that performs their SAR duties with professionalism, dedication, and extraordinary excellence.
Each year, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Law Enforcement Branch, State Search and Rescue Coordinator will accept nominations for the annual “Peabody Award” from the following to include: any California law enforcement agency, emergency services agency/organization, volunteer organization, and/or civic organization.
Nominations for the award must be received by Cal OES no later than July 31st of each year. The nomination will cover the period from previous year’s August 1st to the year the nomination was submitted. A selection committee will review the submitted nominated candidates and make a final decision. The Cal OES State SAR Coordinator will notify the selected candidate and will formally present the award at the Cal OES-sponsored SAREX training in the following month of September.
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About the Advanced Search Management Course:
“Great week teaching a new course ‘Advanced Search Management’ with Cal OES Law Branch. This course teaches Type III IMT concepts for extended SAR missions, terrain-based search theory, application of advanced CALTopo features, fire evacuation and recovery operations, and incident Leadership, utilizing scenario-based training. We ad a great group of students from eight Sheriff’s Departments, the Civil Air Patrol, and the National Park Service. We also got some excellent feedback and look forward to the next class in Santa Barbara in early November. A big thanks to the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office for use of their new EOC for the class, and a shoutout to my fellow instructors Matt Jacobs, Richard Shelton, Kobe Poke, and Troy Clegg.”