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Locals divers take acclaimed class thanks to Rotary

June 3, 2022

By Sheriff Dave Kramer

We are back at it! With the growth and the lure of water recreation opportunities bringing more and more people to our Boundary County community, we continue to look for the most up to date and relevant training possible for your Boundary County Search and Dive Rescue Team. We were able to send one search and rescue diver and two Boundary County Sheriff’s deputies to an underwater criminal investigations class in Coeur D’Alene, instructed by Mike Berry.

Berry is one of the world's leading trainers and authorities in Public Safety Diving and he specializes in teaching others how to succeed and survive in this ever-demanding and challenging profession. Mike is recognized internationally as a master underwater criminal investigator and one of the most experienced public safety divers/underwater criminal investigators in the world with over 40 years of active service.

Mike has been a trooper with the Virginia State Police for over 40 years. He served 12 years on the road as a road trooper, 10 years at the Virginia State Police Training Academy as an academy sergeant/instructor and 12 years as area commander in charge of a field office. He is currently the VSP's full-time SAR Coordinator. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has been an active member of his department's search and recovery team his entire career.

Members of our team trained with members from the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office dive team as well as dive members from Elko, Nevada.

The dive team is always looking for ways to educate and hone their skills as a Public Safety Diver for our community. Although we were only able to send three to this class, the goal is to have every member trained at a high level.

The dive team gives a huge thank you to the Bonners Ferry Rotary Club for donating $1,500 to allow us to attend the class. The Bonners Ferry Rotary Club continues to help different groups and projects throughout our community and they did not disappoint on this project.

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Mike Weland, Publisher

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P.O. Box 1625
Bonners Ferry, ID 83805
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