One of the founding members of Wyoming K9 SAR, Amanda has been a search dog handler since 1990. She began her SAR career as one of two search dog teams in Grand Teton National Park. In 2006, she moved into the town of Jackson, started working at the National Elk Refuge and joined the Jackson Hole Fire/EMS as a volunteer EMT. Amanda is currently training 2 year old Otis, her 4th certified Golden Retriever. She enjoys helping others train their pups and dogs, and marvels at what these amazing animals can do.
Trailing 1, Avalanche, Cadaver Level 2, Water/Shore, Water/Open Boat, Building, Evidence
Testing / Training Officer
Joe is a professional Firefighter/EMT with Teton County Fire and Rescue in Driggs, Idaho. He has been involved with Search and Rescue since 1999, a dog handler since 2006, and joined Wyoming K9 SAR in 2008. Joe’s dog Volkl started as an avalanche patrol dog at Grand Targhee Ski Resort. Volkl was certified with the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association at Whistler, BC Canada in 2007. Volkl has been on numerous searches and has flown short haul suspended under a helicopter.
Volkl and Archer
Avalanche, Wilderness Area, Cadaver Level 2, Water/Open Boat, Water/Shore, Building
Secretary / Treasurer
Debra has always loved the outdoors and started volunteering with search and rescue in 1996. In 2008, she joined Wyoming K9 SAR and got her first search dog the following year. Debra enjoys working with her German Shepherds, female Kaya and young male Bannock, who is now training in Trailing, Cadaver Detection and Avalanche. Debra finds working with her dogs and other SAR teams to locate lost and missing people both rewarding and humbling.
Kaya and Bannock
Cadaver Level 2, Human Remains Detection, Water/Shore, Water/Open Boat
Chris joined Wyoming K9 SAR in 2010. Chris and his K9 Josie patrol full time at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.
Avalanche, Wilderness Area, Cadaver Level 2, Water/Open Boat, Water/Shore
Cora was born and raised in the northern mountains of California and moved to Jackson with her husband Jay, a Jackson native. They have 3 daughters born and raised here. Cora started with Wyoming K9 SAR when she got her German Shepherd pup Rohan 6 ½ years ago. Cora lost a nephew in the wilderness of Wyoming and wished she had a dog trained in this specialty when searching for him. It took 4 months to find her nephew. She knows personally what it means for families to have closure. Now she can help others.
Wilderness Area, Building, Cadaver