Wednesday Morning – LODD? … MIA
A very unusual, yet tragic, situation has developed in New Mexico over the weekend. A crew of U. S. Forest Service firefighters have been working a fire in the Jemez Mountains and on Friday three of them were sent out on a spotting mission to triangulate a smoke sighting. They were each on ATVs equipped with the usual tools, radios, etc. and assigned to go to specific points and then return.
One of them, Token Adams, 41, failed to show up at the gathering site and has not been heard from since then. Adams is an experienced forestry firefighter and survivalist who was also a Navy Seal in his earlier years. He is completely competent in handling himself in rugged terrain and isolated situations. While on his patrol Friday he used his cell phone to call his wife for brief chat and to tell her what he was doing and indicated no problem at the time.
When he failed to show Friday evening, a search was initiated and has since been expanded to over 250 search-rescue people who are now engaged in an all-out search for Adams. There has been no sign of either him or his ATV, nor has any evidence of his presence been found yet in the region. Currently there is a premier mountain search team joining the operation along with a military helicopter, however some heavy rain systems have been hampering the search and preventing a lot of flight time.
KOB-TV filed this video update last night:
The entire fire and rescue service is watching and praying for the best outcome in this strange incident. We'll keep an eye open here for any developments.
First we have to get our own equipment checked out, so let's get started with that. I'll see to the Bunn-O-Matic and make sure it has plenty of fresh java for our morning meeting in the day room. See you there.
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