(AREA) On Sunday, January 27th, members of the Michael D. Hartsook family presented the Midwest Regional Dive Team with a donation of $2,500 and a plaque showing their appreciation for the support and closure they received on July 3rd, 2012 at Hansen Lake #3 in Sarpy County, NE.
Members of the Midwest Regional Dive Team were requested by the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office for a dive recovery for a possible drowning victim from July 1, 2012, that hadn’t been located by other local dive teams and was still missing. The Midwest Regional Dive Team responded on July 3rd and battled 100 degree weather for nearly 10 hours. A systematic grid search was done and after 96,000 square feet was searched, the body of Michael Hartsook was recovered.
Even though the family met with the members of the dive team 6 months after the tragedy, it brought them 1 step closer to closure as it was Michael’s birthday and they wanted to share it with those that were able to recover him from the lake that day.
The Midwest Regional Dive Team consists of divers and support staff from the Red Oak Fire Dept, Clarinda Fire Dept, Ringgold County Water Emergency Team, Adams County EMS, and Cass County, IA Sheriff’s Office. The dive team responds to any requests within a 200 mile radius of Clarinda, Iowa. In 2012, the team responded to 4 dive recoveries in Iowa and Nebraska.