19 June 2018

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The Salvation Army Dane County EDS Team Responds to Body Recovery in Portage
PORTAGE, WISCONSIN - The Salvation Army of Dane County's Emergency Disaster Services response team is assisting in recovery efforts for the body of a 13-year old boy at Silver Lake in Portage.
Last Sunday around 6 PM an officer was flagged down near Silver Lake Beach in Portage in regards to a possible drowning. The boy, currently unnamed, was playing in the water near the boat launch at Silver Lake Beach, outside of the swim area. The search continues three days later thanks to a collaborative effort by many partners including the Portage Fire Department, who first responded to the scene, Columbia County Dive Team, Divine Savior EMS, Wisconsin State Patrol, Sauk County Dive Team, and has since been expanded to include the DNR, Milwaukee County Harbor Rescue Team, a cadaver dog, and specialized sonar and video equipment for searching the lake. The Salvation Army is providing hydration and food services to the boy's family, EMTs, and first responders at the scene. 
On scene, Lieutenant Keith Klafke explains the teams are now discussing the options left and worst-case scenario type of plans. 
"We are using all the resources available and it is helpful to have these teams on hand. Closing in on three days now, the other entities will help push the search into later today with more invasive search tactics." Klafke says the family has been an active player in the process and all parties are working hard to keep false information out of the media. 
"I can understand the frustration of not having your boy in your arms for three days, but through it all the family has exhibited the utmost cooperation and been extremely supportive of our efforts."

Additional updates will be provided as more information becomes available.

About The Salvation Army:
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index (Human NeedsIndex.org).