Tonto Rim Search
And Rescue Squad
Rim Country - Arizona's Favorite Playground
We work hard to keep it safe and enjoyable for everyone.
site and learn about what we do. We are volunteers who
do this because we love the outdoors and wish to give
Please consider a donation to
help support our efforts. We volunteer our time, skills,
and considerable personal equipment. However,
specialized rescue equipment, medical equipment, and
specialized training take significant amounts of our
annual budget. We are not publicly funded, and rely on
the goodness of those who live in and visit this
Our General Membership meeting is
held once a month on the 2nd Thursday of the month and
is held at the Payson Library Meeting room in Rumsey
Park at 7:00 PM. Everyone welcome!
If you have an emergency, we can't
be dispatched until the Gila County Sheriff's Office
dispatches us. The fastest way to make that happen is to
TRSAR By-Laws and Procedures are
for reading and download.
Sheriff of Gila County
July 17, 2017
Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to release the
following updated information regarding a Search and
Rescue operation off Forest Service Road 420 at the
Cold Springs Swimming Hole North of Payson, Arizona.
On July 15, 2017, at approximately 3:19 p.m., the
Gila County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call
regarding a Search and Rescue Operation around the
Cold Springs Swimming Hole. The Payson Area
experienced heavy rain throughout the region causing
flash flooding in that area. Individuals were
reported missing and search and rescue operations
began. Deputies, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, the
Arizona Department of Public Safety Ranger
Helicopter, Whispering Pines Fire Department, Payson
Posse, CERT, Payson Fire Department, US Forest
Service along with individuals from the Coconino
County Sheriff’s Office and the Apache County
Sheriff’s Office are currently working the scene.
Nine (9) individuals have been confirmed deceased
and search operations were suspended during the
overnight hours. This morning search operations have
resumed for a 27 year old male who is the only other
reported missing as a result of the flooding. At
this time the First Crossing and Second Crossing on
Houston Mesa Road as well as Waterwheel are closed.
This is an active investigation and more information
may be released as it becomes available.
Shepherd would like to thank Tonto Rim Search and
Rescue, the Arizona Department of Public Safety,
Whispering Pines Fire Department, Payson Posse,
Payson Fire Department, Coconino County Sheriff’s
Office, Apache County Sheriff’s Office and the US
Forest Service for their coordinating response.
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