Bureau County Mounted Search and Rescue


BCMSAR is a trained group of volunteers operating under the Bureau County Sheriff's Office located in Princeton, Illinois. Our group is made up of both mounted and ground search teams who can work either independently or together depending on the situation. Members are trained in current ground and/or mounted search techniques. Many are cross-trained in order to best function in a wide variety of search scenarios. Several members have undergone additional training such as medical, communications, and search management training.

What are the advantages of using trained searchers?

What are the advantages of using horses for search and rescue work?

Mission Statement: The primary mission of the Bureau County Mounted Search and Rescue team is to establish a well-trained and fully equipped search & rescue unit capable of assisting in disasters and in locating lost, abducted, or missing persons in Bureau County and surrounding areas in a timely and efficient manner without endangering the searchers or further hazarding the lost person.

Important Upcoming Events

November 2014

November 20 / 7 pm - Members Meeting at the Moose Lodge in Princeton. Anyone having an group issued orange field shirt that you would like to get the letters SAR put on the back please bring it to the meeting. This will be paid for by the group and the shirts will be the property of the group.

November 27 / NO TEAM MEETING - Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

December 2014

December 1 / 6 pm - 2014 Annual Meeting & Rifle Raffle at Monical's Pizza in Princeton. Elections will be held at the annual meeting so if you would like to nominate anyone for office please contact Jim Drake at 815-878-6188 right away. The rifle raffle will also take place at this time. Monicals is located at 302 S Main St. Please note: If you would like to eat it will be at your own expense this year.

December 25 / NO TEAM MEETING - Merry Christmas!

January 2015

January 22 / 7 pm - Members Meeting at the Moose Lodge in Princeton.

February 2015

February 26 / 7 pm - Members Meeting at the Moose Lodge in Princeton.

Click here to see our full Calendar of Events

2013 Bureau County Commemorative Rifle Drawing

Congratulations to the 2013 Winners: George & Cindy Hand of Princeton

Thanks to all that bought tickets! Your support is greatly appreciated.
Check back for details on our next rifle drawing.

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Sheriff Thompson

Bureau County Mounted Search and Rescue Team Member

Deputy Smith

John Thompson


Sheriff's Liaison
Deputy Dan Smith
  Commander: Larry Dalton
Assistant Commander: Dale Smith
Treasurer: Janet Smith
Assistant Treasurer: Larry Dalton
Secretary: Tena Brown
Assistant Secretary: Susan Wright