The St. Louis County Rescue Squad is a group of volunteers who conduct search-and-rescue operations on land and water, along with assisting law enforcement agencies and fire departments with motor vehicle crashes and other emergency calls.
The Rescue Squad was founded in 1958 and officially incorporated in 1959, according to a history of the squad on the county website. It later expanded to the Iron Range and northern parts of St. Louis County.
These photos are from a News Tribune article that ran in December 1968, detailing the work of the Rescue Squad (along with a rescue squad in Silver Bay). Here are the first few paragraphs of that story, written by Jack Tyllia:
“Thank you” is an acknowledgment a special group of northern Minnesota volunteers have gotten used to hearing.
It has been spoken many times by hunters lost overnight in the woods and nearly numb with cold, or by fishermen who have become lost in the wilderness near the border lakes.
And chances are, that acknowledgment will be for the service of a member of the Silver Bay or St. Louis County rescue squads, who, more often than not, is the first person on the scene to pull the hunter or fisherman from his predicament. Altogther, more than 700 persons owe their early rescue or even their lives to members of these groups.
Both squads are made up of volunteer citizens who devote as much of their time as possible to aiding their fellow citizens in dangerous situations. Members serve without any compensation beyond the sense of satisfaction experienced when they know they have been of real service. …
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