May 5, 2016
The New Mexico Search and Rescue (SAR) Council honored IA2 Executive Director Dave Baldridge last month with the Ralph Dawdy Memorial Award–the New Mexico SAR community’s highest honor. The award was presented at ESCAPE, the New Mexico Search and Rescue Council’s annual training conference. Since 2005, Baldridge, a member Albuquerque’s Sandia Search Dogs volunteer team, has assisted with dozens of SAR missions state-wide, responding with his border collie Tadc (pronounced Teague), whom he has trained in live find air scent, water searches, and human remains detection.
According to his team’s nomination letter, Dave “has been a devoted K9 handler since 2005, dedicating literally thousands of hours to his own K9 training, as well as mentoring every K9 handler–novice and experienced alike–on the team . . . is an ardent advocate for water safety and K9 water searches . . . helped establish a professional relationship with
the NM State Police Dive Team, . . has authored several national magazine articles, and has conducted SAR demonstrations for kids at schools throughout the state.”