Search and rescue manager named California Volunteer of the Year

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Justin Short |

South Lake Tahoe Volunteer Search and Rescue Manager Scott Gabler was awarded the California Volunteer of the Year award, El Dorado County Sheriff’s office announced Monday.

Last year, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue South Lake Tahoe Team responded to 94 incidents. Out of the 94 calls for service, Gabler responded to 86, putting his deployment participation level at 91 percent. He was instrumental in the successful rescue of more than 11 people who were at risk of losing their lives due to the situation they were in, the sheriff’s office stated in a release.

Gabler was nominated for this award by his brother, David, who is currently in Afghanistan. His brother participated in the award ceremony by way of a pre-recorded video, Gabler stated in an email.

Gabler was recognized May 22 at the California State Capitol, where he was recognized by the governor’s office. The award recognizes the excellence in the field of service and volunteering.

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