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By Andi Bourne

SSSAR facility named in honor of past chief Gerry Connell


August 22, 2019

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue volunteers and Missoula County Sheriff's Office employees recognized past Chief Gerry Connell (center front) for his outstanding contributions made to the community and the unit. The SSSAR facility built in 2015 was dedicated Aug. 17 and officially named the Gerry Connell Search and Rescue Building.

SEELEY LAKE – Members of the community and visitors came out for the Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue Open House to check out the facility, meet the volunteers and enjoy lunch. At the dedication, Assistant Chief Joe Miller named the building the "Gerry Connell Search and Rescue Building" in recognition for Connell's more than 30 years of dedicated service, leadership and effective organization that has made SSSAR what it is today.

Connell helped establish the SSSAR unit after it separated from Missoula County Search and Rescue. He served as chief of the Seeley-Swan unit from 1981 – 2017....

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