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The picture of the Taku in its final minutes as it headed into a scrap yard...

Wednesday marked a proud moment for Vigor Alaska.

Alex Michael Wilson, 29, died May 1, 2018, in Pinon Hills, California. He was born March 2, 1989, in San Bernardino, California.
Lester “Ron” Ronald Strunk, 75, died April 30, 2018, in Ketchikan. He was born Jan. 18, 1943, in Glendale, California.
H.E. “Bud” Davenport, 90, died May 10, 2018 in of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

If asked, they'd likely say it's just part of the job.

But, that doesn't make Ketchikan any less grateful.

This week, the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, U.S. Coast Guard, law enforcement authorities and private individuals searched for two men who left Ketchikan in a skiff over the weekend and never arrived at their destination of Annette Island.

Searchers found the men's skiff, but no sight of the men.

With high winds and steady rain over the past few days, the search has been challenging. But searchers continued as if they were looking for one of their own loved ones.

That not only can be comforting to the mens' families, but to all who watch the search progress. It's obvious the extent to which the community will support a search for a missing person, and anyone in Ketchikan could end up in a situation requiring rescue — whether on land or sea. It's reassuring to know that every effort is made for the best result.

It's often said that Ketchikan is a special place because of the people; indeed, it is, and the volunteers, the Coast Guard and law enforcement — all integral to the community — go a long ways toward showing that.

Thank you.