Daring and Disaster: Search and Rescue in the National Parks
R. "Butch" Farabee, Jr.
Daring, and Disaster
is an encyclopedic history drawn from the nearly 150,000 search and
rescue missions carried out by the National Park Service since Yellowstone
was established as the first national park in 1872. Presented in digest
form, these brief but enthralling accounts include such calamities as
that of a publicity-seeking adventurer who parachuted onto Devil's Tower
in 1940 with no planned way off, the collision of two airliners over
the Grand Canyon in 1956, a last-second rescue of a little boy trapped
beside his dead parents in a plane buried by a Sierra blizzard, the
fate of fifty men aboard a World War II-era Russian freighter being
shredded to pieces on the rocks off the Olympic coast, the perilous
recovery of a victim of unrequited love at the heart of an active Hawaiian
volcano, and the saga of a jet pilot who bailed out over Kings Canyon
in 1956 and literally crawled out six weeks later.
R. "Butch" Farabee, Jr., currently Assistant Superintendent at Glacier
National Park, has personally participated in nearly 1,000 search and
rescue missions. As the National Park Service's first National Emergency
Services Coordinator, he was responsible for program coordination involving
search and rescue, emergency medical service, SCUBA, and aviation teams.
Farabee has captured the essence in search and rescue-the danger, excitement,
disappointment and sadness-but most often the thrill of saving a life
against tremendous odds.
-Russ Dickenson, Former Director of the National Park Service
cannot think of a more credible person to write a book on search and
rescue. Butch Farabee has done it all, from "grunt" to "boss" to "teacher."
-Mike Finlely, Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park
Daring and Disaster: Search and Rescue in the National Parks is
published by The Roberts Rinehart Publishing Group, ISBN 1-57098-202-3
paperback $19.95, 512 pages. .
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