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During their tenure at Holloman AFB some of the USAF Pararescue Jumperss (PJ) were Brian Berg, Steve Shonk, and Mark Williams. Their civilian counterpart who worked with the New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue Team was Bob Heisinger. All four of these guys trained together and went on a number of SAR missions together as well. As I recall, there are several news paper stories involving these four guys and the SAR activities in New Mexico. Brian Berg was an avid international mountain climber with trips to Argentina, and Everest. Bob and Brian climbed together quite often. Mark Williams and the flight crew responded to a call to medivac a climber that Heisinger and his crew rescued off of the Steam Boat Ridge area of Alamo Canyon. The rescue occurred at night, in the snow and ice in Mid-February of 1980 in the Sacramento Mountains just outside of Alamogordo, New Mexico. There are many, many more stories tomb told of these guys and the lives that they saved while stationed at Holloman, AFB, New Mexico.
Bill Vargas, former USAF Pararescueman, was selected by the New Mexico State Police to initiate a program that would standardize Search and Rescue mission initiation, coordination, and training throughout the state of New Mexico. Bob Heisinger, also a former UASF Rescue and Recovery Specialist stationed at Holloman AFB, N.M. was given the job of founding, recruiting members and training the State Police SAR Team in District 8, Alamogordo, N.M. On April 10, 1977 the District 8 Team was officially formed and initiated. The USAF Pararescuemen stationed at Holloman AFB joined with Bob during numerous missions, and Bob joined with them during several of their missions. Both teams worked hand-in-hand on many missions throughout the Southwest. In mid October of 1990, Bob was called to the Three Rivers Campground to search for 7 year old Steven Cooper, who had become lost in the wilderness area. The initial search was conducted at about 9PM the evening of the first day by Bob Heisinger and his son, Jim, along with a Lincoln County Deputy Sheriff. The next morning more than 200 searchers were in the area searching for seven year old Steven. At about mid day the SAR Coordinator from Las Cruces, N.M. requested that Bob take two teams to the top of the trail to be inserted by helicopter, and work the high country back down to the campground. Heisinger, his son Jim, and Jeff Coburn were flown to the top of the trail, approximately 10,000 feet above sea level. Another team was dropped on another ridge that lead to the trail area Heisinger and his team would be searching. About fifteen minutes after being dropped off Jeff Coburn discovered Steven Cooper lying in the fetal position near a stream. He was only wearing long pants, tennis shoes and a t-shirt. Bob reached the boy first and immediately began to treat him for hypothermia. Jim Heisinger rendered first aid, while Jeff Coburn made preparations to move Steven out of the area. Bob carried Steven in front of himself with Steven's arms around his neck and feet around his waist. Jeff wrapped a wool blanket around the front of them and safety pinned it into place. The five mile journey down the mountain was difficult. But with continued medical care administered by Jim Heisinger and the trail blazing efforts of Jeff Coburn, a former US Army Ranger, Steven was delivered back to the camp ground and loaded on a waiting N.M. State Police helicopter for transport to the hospital. This is one of many successful searches and/or rescues executed by the N.M. State Police SAR and the UASF Pararerscue in New Mexico. The current name of the SAR Team in District 8 is the Alamogordo Search and Rescue; which was incorporated by Robbin Stebbins in 1984.

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