Today, Saturday, December 28, 2019, a ceremony to celebrate the life of San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team member, Tim Staples was held in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
While Tim was in the Mount Baldy area searching for another missing hiker on Saturday, December 14, 2019, he became separated from his partner, and was tragically found dead a short time later. Tim was among approximately 125 other brave Search and Rescue volunteers from 11 different counties that were assisting with the search, and he ultimately gave his life trying to save someone he never knew.
In addition to being a volunteer Search and Rescue team member with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for the past 9 years, Tim was also a social science teacher at a local high school, where he touched the lives of many past and present students. He was recently married to his wife, Katie and was also a brother, a son, an uncle, a nephew and friend to so many others.
To show their support, several members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team attended the ceremony to pay their respects.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department sends our deepest condolences to the Staples family, the men and women of West Valley Search and Rescue, and to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.