Tribute for long time Washoe County Search and Rescue volunteer

[South Tahoe Now]

For nearly 30 years, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office could rely on volunteer Richard Swartzendruber to deliver equipment necessary to support our Search and Rescue teams. From floods and fires to avalanches, water rescues, injured hikers, and stranded motorists, Richard would overcome conditions that were often extreme to haul boats, command centers or other equipment needed to help the mission succeed.

Richard, described by his family as an “adored husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather,” passed away on December 11, 2017.

The men and women of the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, along with our many valuable volunteers and retirees, wish to extend a truly heartfelt “thank you” to Richard and his family for the 28 years of extraordinary volunteer service he so enthusiastically gave to our community ...