To be the Spouse of a Sanpete County Search and Rescue Member

The commander thought it would be interesting to hear what it’s like to be the wife of a Sanpete County Search and Rescue member. So, I’ve come up with five wifely aspects of Sanpete Search and Rescue.

Monica Nielson

#1. It is INCONVENIENT. People don’t tend to need help on a nice, sunny, Monday afternoon up in the foothills close to town when our husbands are home from work and just sitting around waiting for a page. Nope!

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People need help in the middle of the night, during the worst weather possible, on the roughest, steepest, mountainside, and probably on a holiday. My kids and I have been left at the movie theater, at restaurants, at church, at the in-laws, AND even at home with a houseful of guests that Kerry invited over. We’ve been left on New Year’s Eve, Christmas Eve, the 4th of July, the 24th of July…………… you get the picture.

#2. It is STRESSFUL.

I’ve spent many sleepless nights listening to radio traffic, praying the lost would be found, and that those searching would make it home safe. I know these men are trained and ready for what they get themselves into, but I still can’t help but worry.

#3. It can be ENTERTAINING.

On Radio Days I’ve heard J.D. put my kids up for sale, and I’ve heard my husband sing Shania Twain’s, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” I would like to apologize to any of you who had to listen to that too.


Many family camping trips, 4-wheeler rides, snowmobile rides, and Jeep rides on the mountain have turned into the kids and I tagging along on a rescue.

My kids have held IV bags, they’ve held spotlights on cliffs so Search and Rescue members had light, and they’ve helped carry victims out of rough areas.

Just over a year ago the boys and I tagged along on a Search and Rescue training at Sand Hollow and ended up assisting on an attempt to rescue a drowning victim. An experience that we’ll not soon forget.

#5. It is REWARDING.

During the past 15 years of Kerry being on the Sanpete County Search and Rescue we’ve gained lifelong friendships with other Search and Rescue members and their wives from our county and from other counties in the state.

I’ve also had numerous people tell me how much they appreciate my husband and his selfless sacrifice. Last year I even had the opportunity to participate in a training scenario that happened to involve a ride in the Utah Highway Patrol helicopter.

I was asked once, how I do it? How am I okay with my husband being gone so much and why don’t I ask him to stop? I responded that I could never ask him to stop doing something that he loved. I couldn’t possibly deny him the opportunity to serve others.

I am very grateful that I am married to a man who is willing to give up his time to help others. I just wouldn’t have it any other way.


*Featured Image Wedding rings by skeeze from Pixabay

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