Scott, Nexus, and Jett 

Scott Lee
OSSA Type II Certified Searcher

   Scott has been doing search and rescue for 16 years and has been involved in hundreds of missions including the OSO Washington Mudslides. When Scott isn’t doing SAR he works as a Arborist for a local tree service. He and his wife are currently puppy dog raisers for the Guide Dogs for the blind and have been involved with Guide Dogs for over 15 years. There is never a day that a Labrador is not in Scott's house. Scott’s past canine partner Lopez is credited for several finds but most notably locating a missing medically endangered adult male in Washington county in 2012. All of Scott's canine partners are career change canines from the Guide Dog program. 

K9 Nexus
Certified Human Remains Detection
AKC Canine Good Citizen

  Nexus is a Labrador that came to Scott after spending time training in the Guide dog program. Having too much energy for a guide, Nexus converted easily to a search and rescue partner. Nexus has certified multiple times in Human Remains Detection and has had multiple confirmed finds. He has worked criminal cases as well as lost persons. When Nexus isn’t working he donates blood to the canine blood bank for Dove Lewis Emergency Clinic and enjoys lounging in a mud puddle.

K9 Jett
Training for Human Remains Detection
Training for Wilderness Air Scent
AKC Canine Good Citizen 

   Jett is a Labrador that successfully passed the test for the Guide Dog program. Then an unfortunate jump landed him in Scott’s lap to be his next canine partner. Jett is full of energy and can’t help himself when it comes to being overjoyed to help people. Jett is being trained for Human Remains Detection and Wilderness Air Scent. When Jett isn’t training he enjoys playing with the newest puppy in the Lee household and showing them the rules of the house. 

 

Tom and Thor 

Tom Harper
OSSA Type II Certified Searcher

  Tom, who works for Intel, got his start with a German Shepherd puppy named Mica back in 2005. Tom has been on hundreds of missions including supporting teams at the OSO Mudslide in 2014. Tom was awarded the Portland Police Bureau’s Life Saving Award in 2017 for his participation in the life saving efforts and locating of the missing 2 year old toddler River. When Tom isn’t working and traveling for Intel he enjoys activities with his wife Kathy and also participating in Military reenactments from the Civil War. Tom’s last canine partner Mica was certified in Urban Tracking and Trailing and worked with Tom for 13 years with several confirmed trails.

K9 Thor
Certified Urban Tracking and Trailing

   Thor hails from Texas, earned his Urban Tracking and Trailing certification in 2019, and is well on his way to becoming a great working partner for Tom. When Thor isn’t training he enjoys walks through the neighborhood and time at the beach. 

 

Tim and Ranger

Tim Brown
OSSA Type II Certified Searcher

  Tim is a transplant from Search One K9 detection. He joined Mt. Wave in 2013 with his canine partner Bo who was certified in Wilderness Air Scent. Tim works for a Lumber company in Woodburn and is an avid outdoors person. He has been involved with search and rescue for 11 years. He thrives in SAR management and team building. When Tim isn’t doing SAR he enjoys time with his wife Danielle and enjoys the sun in Central Oregon. His past canine partner Bo had to suddenly retire at the age of 5 due to medical complications. Bo (pictured above) enjoyed retirement hanging with Tim’s nieces and nephews and being a SAR demonstration canine.

K9 Ranger
Training in Wilderness Air Scent

   Ranger is a 5 month old German Shepherd puppy that Tim got from rescue. He is planning on becoming Tim’s next Wilderness Air Scent and possibly Human remains detection partner. Right now Ranger is enjoying learning the new environments of training and getting lots of treats from missing "subjects." 

 

Michelle and Coal

Michelle Schireman
OSSA Type II Certified Searcher

 Michelle Schirema is a Senior Canine Handler. She has been employed as a Zoo Keeper for over 30 years, training and caring for exotic animals, presently with the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon. She has also been employed as a certified Veterinary Technician for the University of Washington Dept of Animal Medicines and at domestic animal emergency rooms in Atlanta, Georgia. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. She got her start in Search and Rescue in 2002 here in Oregon and since then she has become Type II certified and has trained dogs in trailing and certified two in Human Remains Detection. Among the many missions she has responded to in her 15 years in SAR, in 2014 Michelle deployed to Oso Washington to assist in the recovery of victims of the 530 slide with K9 “Rogue”.

In her free time Michelle is the North America population manager and species coordinator for puma for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, placing over 130 orphaned puma cubs and several black bear cubs in accredited zoos. She also enjoys taking her dogs along when she does field work studying, collaring and following wild puma in New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana as well as Coastal Brown Bear in Alaska. More recently Michelle spent a month in Zimbabwe trapping and GPS collaring leopard and hyena. It is not uncommon for Michelle to care for young wild animals such as bear and cougar in her home for various state game agencies

K9 Coal
Certified Human Remains Detection

 Heirborn’s Searching for Juan Diamond in the Ruff aka “Coal” is an OSSA, team and nationally certified member of the MW K9 Division. Born Jan 26, 2015, Coal is a Flat Coated Retriever who comes from a long line of SAR dogs in Minnesota and Wisconsin. He certified in Human Remains Detection at 14 months of age and in late 2017 became nationally certified by the International Police Work Dogs Assoc. So far Coal has deployed to searches on beaches, house fires, water recoveries, pioneer cemeteries,  wilderness and urban missions. Coal is known as a very happy and bouncy dog who loves working in the woods or in urban areas ranging great distances and covering a lot of ground in a short period of time.

 

MacKenzie and Jenga

MacKenzie Deragon
OSSA Type II Certified Searcher

MacKenzie has been involved with Search and Rescue since 2017. She started out as a K9 Support team member and brought her puppy home after achieving her Type II OSSA Certification. Jenga is her first SAR K9. MacKenzie enjoys supporting the K9s on missions in all 3 disciplines and watching the dogs work at training. Outside of SAR MacKenzie is a Graphic Designer. She is currently working with AirFlare - a SAR app which acts as a rescue beacon for your phone. She also enjoys hiking, climbing and exploring the PNW with her dogs.

K9 Jenga
Training in Wilderness Air Scent

Jenga is a German Shepherd Dog, she is in training as a Wilderness Air Scent K9. She started her training July of 2018 and is on track to certify this summer. Jenga loves her job and is always excited and ready to work! When Jenga isn’t training she enjoys hiking, the coast, playing in her backyard and long walks around the neighborhood.

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