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'It seemed as if no one cared...'

Frances Jensen moved to Spokane because her three boys loved the outdoors. One December day in 1956 her son Dick did not return from a duck shoot in the Columbia Basin. For days Mrs. Jensen and a few friends combed the area until an organized search could be mounted, and this had to be called off after only three days. Then for another three terrible weeks Mrs. Jensen and her brother probed the potholes of the rugged basin terrain alone. Dick's drowned body was found months later.

Frances Jensen decided then that this must never happen to anyone else. In her quiet but determined way she led in the formation of the Spokane Search and Rescue Association. Today there are more than 2,000 volunteers on call, most of them specialists in mountaineering, skin-diving and cross-country hiking. Military helicopters and bloodhound teams (Mrs. Jensen handles Hart and King, above) are available, as are doctors and specialized equipment. The association has participated in three major search operations so far. All were for young boys. All were found.