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Land Rover Defender unveiling 

The Wolfe County Search and Rescue team won this specialty vehicle in the first 2021 Land Rover Defender Above & Beyond Service Awards, Search and Rescue category. Seven vehicles in seven categories, with a total of 300 entries and 165,000 votes, were awarded following an online national public vote. 

The March presentation took place at Land Rover Louisville with Gov. Andy Beshear speaking and a large crowd on hand. The vehicle was outfitted with LED emergency/scene lighting, 100-watt speaker, hand-held siren and a front radio. 

Photos: Mike Wilkinson

Wolfe County Search and Rescue Chief John May, who is manager of administrative services at Licking Valley RECC, says, “Our team has been extremely busy this spring and summer, with 44 rescues in 2022 in the Red River Gorge and surrounding areas. The new Land Rover has proven invaluable. Thanks to everyone who voted for us.” 

The Wolfe County Search and Rescue team serves Wolfe County and the Greater Red River Gorge area. The all-volunteer team responds to lost person incidents and technical, high-angle roped rescue of locals and tourists who come here to enjoy the natural beauty of eastern Kentucky. 

The nonprofit does not charge for rescue services. As a 501(c)(3) organization, it relies on donations, which are tax deductible. 

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