Summit Country Rescue Group adds record number of female recruits

FRISCO, Colo. (KDVR) – Olivia Andreozzi slowly lifted the sliding door of a brightly red truck, then admitted she was still learning how to navigate the rescue vehicle.

“I think it’s really cool to see other women in this role, myself included,” Andreozzi said. “I’m a big believer that once you see it, you can be it.”

When Andreozzi reunites with her teammates, Lindsey Lesch and Sarah Butler, chances are someone in the backcountry is having a bad day. This is the reality for these new members of Summit Country Rescue Group.

“We’ve been the second busiest team in the state. Due to the winter recreational opportunities we have, as well as the summer (recreational opportunities), there seems to be a fairly constant flow (of calls for help) regardless of the season said Lesch.

The Frisco-based nonprofit search and rescue organization is responding to calls for help. Its members are ready to assist in a rescue whatever the circumstances or conditions.

“It’s wonderful to be able to help our community and people who are stranded in the backcountry,” said Sarah Butler.

Each year, the Summit County Rescue Group adds recruits. What makes this class unique is that eight of the 13 new volunteers are women, which is a record.

“I hope that for us, we can be an inspiration to other women who want to join rescue teams and who might hesitate,” said Andreozzi.

The new class of recruits brings Summit Country Rescue Group’s total membership to 75, including 20 women.

“These are elite people, who have skills in the backcountry (rescue) and have been working there for years. So just being able to be a part of it is an honor,” Andreozzi said.

For more information about this all-volunteer non-profit organization or how you can donate to Summit Country Rescue Group, visit their website. summitcountyco.gov.

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