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Sharp County Sheriff's officers now certified dive team

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Det. Sgt. Ken Guidry and Detective Dale Weaver take an opportunity so show off the department's new dive equipment, purchased by the Sheriff's Department. The men were recently certified as scuba divers, and will use their skills to assist the Sheriff's Department and other local agencies in water rescues and recoveries.
In light of the recent drownings in Sharp County, Sheriff Mark Counts scheduled staff training to certify them to assist other departments with water rescues that involve diving.

Det. Sgt. Ken Guidry and Detective Dale Weaver took part in classes held both in Hardy and in Jordan, located in Baxter County.

The men both received dive certifications and will now be able to assist other departments, such as the Hardy Fire Department Search and Rescue Team.

Guidry said the men at Hardy do a very professional job but, during the last recovery in Hardy, the sheriff's office could have provided more help with the diving portion of the resuce. This would allow divers time to rest and take some of the pressure off the Hardy crew.

Swift water rescues are one of the most difficult rescue situations and, in Sharp County, these are the type of diving situations that happen most.

By adding two certified divers, the Sheriff's Department will be able to better serve the community.

Classes were held in a pool setting, with a final dive taking place at Jordan on Lake Norfork.

The department also purchased new dive equipment for the men.

Counts said they will be ready to help in the event a need arises in the future.

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