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Date Released: 4/21/2004
Subject: Sheriff's Posse Donations
Contact: Brenda Gainey, PIO
Case No#: N/A
Released By: Brenda Gainey

Location: Eureka

In recent weeks the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Posse has received more than $1700 in contributions in memory of Keith Murphy. Mr. Murphy, a well-known Trinidad resident, drowned in a boating accident in Big Lagoon this past February. Shortly after the accident, volunteers from the Sheriff’s Posse, Sheriff’s Citizens on Patrol, and the California Rescue Dog Association launched an extensive search effort and the body of Mr. Murphy was recovered on February 29.

Since that time, Mr. Murphy’s family has been outspoken in their support of the Sheriff’s Posse and its work. The Sheriff’s Posse volunteers provide trained search and rescue (SAR) personnel and specialized equipment to the Sheriff’s Office for SAR operations and evidence searches. The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Posse is a non-profit organization and receives no money from the County of Humboldt. The Posse’s operation budget depends solely on donations made by citizens of Humboldt County.

“Realizing the tragic event that brought this about, we are deeply grateful for the family’s support,” said Sheriff Gary Philp. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Sheriff’s Volunteer Posse wish to express our appreciation to the Murphy Family and the many citizens who have made recent donations.