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By Henry Netherland

Locals recognized for life saving efforts


February 25, 2021

Henry Netherland, Pathfinder

On Feb. 16, Missoula County Sheriff's Office Undersheriff Richard Maricelli and Sergeant Robert Parcell present individuals with plaques recognizing them for their life saving actions following a September plane crash at Seeley Lake Airport that resulted in two deaths and one injury. From left are SSSAR volunteers Matt Pitman and Jason Ayers, Civilian Mike Lindemer, U.S. Forest Service Federal Officer Tyler Robinson, Maricelli and Parcell.

SEELEY LAKE - The Missoula County Sheriff's Office honored five individuals at a ceremony Tuesday, Feb. 16 for their life-saving actions following a September plane crash north of  Seeley Lake Airport.

The individuals recognized include Seeley-Swan Search and Rescue (SSSAR) volunteers Matt Pitman, Jason Ayers and Kal Kovatch, Civilian Mike Lindemer and U.S. Forest Service Federal Officer Tyler Robinson.

Around 10 p.m. Sept. 12, 2020, SSSAR and local law enforcement responded to a report that an airplane was down in the Blind Canyon area. 

Robinson was the first to arrive at the scene and...

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