Winona County sheriff salutes agencies, volunteers for finding missing 11-year-old

Winona Searchers
Firefighters, first responders and volunteers line up for celebratory photo after finding boy. (Winona County Sheriff's Office Facebook page)

WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) — Winona County Sheriff Ron Ganrude issued a shout-out and thanks Tuesday to several volunteers and agencies who helped search for a “needle in a hay stack” and find a missing child overnight.

“Neighbors helping Neighbors was on full display in the early morning hours of Tuesday …” Ganrude wrote in a post on his office’s Facebook page. “First responders, Fire Department, Law Enforcement, and Volunteers all came together to help in the search for a missing 11-year-old child. The child was located safe and unharmed and was returned to his loved ones.”

Among those earning kudos were members of the Wilson Fire Department and First Responders, who noted on their own Facebook page that they were more than happy to help with the search after being notified at about 12:15 a.m.

“We gathered at the fire station and broke off into search teams and began conducting line searches in a grid pattern,” the Wilson post said, adding that the quest was described as trying to find “a needle in a hay stack.”

“At around 1:45a one of our firefighters located the child, uninjured, in his group’s assigned search area,” the post said, noting that more than 20 members rolled out of bed for the search.

“Great work to everyone involved for bringing this incident to a happy conclusion,” the Wilson post said.

Ganrude saluted not only the Wilson group but also the “Winona County Search Operations and Rescue (SOAR) Team, Minnesota State Patrol, Winona Police Department’s K9 Unit and Winona County Emergency Management. All these folks came together to help a fellow neighbor and bring a serious situation to a successful conclusion.

“JOB WELL DONE!!!!!!” the sheriff exclaimed.

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