MADISON COUNTY —
Help arrives from fellow Kentuckians
The East Kentucky Trackers, a volunteer search and rescue organization based in Pikeville, set up a station near a boat dock at Owsley Fork reservoir.
For the past five years, the group has been conducting horse-mounted searches with specially trained horses.
Many EKT volunteers have search and rescue backgrounds and experience with horses, team members said Tuesday.
“Horses can go places others can’t,” said EKT volunteer Cindy Sither.
Horses also have keen senses and will often point their ears in certain directions, she said. “We learn to pay attention to the horse, they can smell around like a dog.”
The advantage of a horse-mounted search is having a higher view of the surroundings and the ability to listen for noises without the roar of an engine.
“We are slower than a four-wheeler but faster than feet,” Sither said.
Back at the command post, Captain Sally Love with the Salvation Army was handing out sandwiches, bananas and other snacks to search volunteers who gathered there for lunch and to take a rest under the shade.
“It’s a blessing for us to be able to serve,” she said.
The groups who joined the search efforts Tuesday include: Search and rescue teams from Madison, Rockcastle, Estill, Knott, Wolfe and Harlan counties; Kentucky State Police personnel and cadets; Madison County Emergency Management; Berea College Department of Forestry; Medical Reserve Corp.; East Kentucky Trackers; Woodbine Rescue; and the Salvation Army.
Crystal Wylie can be reached at email@example.com or 623-1669, Ext. 6696.
Brookelyn benefit at the Hog Trough Aug. 3
The Hog Trough, 103 Big Hill Ave., Richmond, is scheduled to host an Aug. 3 benefit to help aid Brookelyn’s family in their search.
The family hopes to raise money for a reward fund, purchase space on a billboard, distribute more flyers and sell more T-shirts to support the search.
The benefit will begin with a balloon release shortly before motorcyclists take off on a ride in Farthing’s honor at 1 p.m.
Registration for the ride begins at 10:30 a.m. Admission is $10 per bike and $5 per rider. The Hog Trough will serve food for $5 a plate and will entertain with live music all day.
“Ride for Brooke” T-shirts will be on sale for $10, and T-shirts with Farthing’s missing poster printed on them are currently available at the bar for $10. Those under 21 are not permitted in the bar, but all of Farthing’s friends and family (including those under age 21) are encouraged to attend the balloon release before the ride.