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County dive team could use more volunteers

Brad Williams

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Boating season may be winding down in the area, but the dive rescue team in La Crosse County remains ready whenever it might be needed. 

Team spokesman Shawn Mahoney told a county committee that 2019 has been a less hectic year than the previous one, since the unit received only eight direct pages.

The county divers also assist the La Crosse fire department divers, as well as groups in surrounding counties.

There are 22 active members on the county team, but Mahoney says he could use more volunteers, male and female. 

With the help of a $25,000 grant, the group just bought a used truck to replace one it had been using on calls for almost a decade.

Mahoney said the divers, this year, have recovered a vehicle, a fisherman stuck in the mud, kayaks on the La Crosse River, and a sinking boat on the Mississippi River.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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