Skip to main content

Karen Alexander Daughter of Piploted by Captain Ken Sabin, 70, of Chehalis, trains in K-9 to honor searchers for dad's crashed plan

Daughter trains in K-9 to honor searchers for dad's crashed plane
Karen Alexander and her year-and-half-old German Shepherd, Sockeye, are training in an attempt to follow in her father's shoes — one rescue mission at a time.

 Karen Alexander and her year-and-half-old German Shepherd,

Two years after the plane crash north of Morton that killed three men, the daughter of the man who Piloted the plane is working to train her German shepherd to become a search and rescue dog as a way to honor the community members who aided in the search for the plane's wreckage.

It was their efforts, she says, that ultimately gave her family the opportunity to find closure.

On Wednesday, the day before the two-year anniversary of her father's death, Karen Alexander and her year-and-half-old German Shepherd, Sockeye, ran around her property demonstrating the training it takes to become a K-9 team.

"I've been wanting to do something for all the people out there that day," she said. "When I got Sockeye, I thought, 'This is it.' "

The plane, owned by Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute in Chehalis and piloted by Ken Sabin, 70, of Chehalis, was traveling from Chehalis to Lewiston, Idaho. The two passengers, PCLI laser technician Rod Rinta, 43, of Chehalis, and Dr. Paul Shenk, 59, an eye surgeon from Woodland, along with the pilot, were all killed.

When the plane initially disappeared into a heavily wooded portion of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, a massive search and rescue effort led by the sheriff's office saturated the area as family and friends of the three men hoped and prayed for a miracle.

Eventually the wreckage was located nine miles northeast of Morton. The site was accessible only by foot, and rugged terrain meant it took six days to fully recover the wreckage.

While the search teams did not find the men alive, Alexander said, locating their remains gave her and her family closure; because as she explained, not knowing is always worse.

"It was so selfless of them," she said. "Our county is full of selfless people."

Before her father's death, she said, she did not realize how many people he impacted during his lifetime. About 1,000 people attended his funeral.

After his death, community members began to share their stories with the family about how Sabin had helped them. Many told stories about Sabin when he worked at Security State Bank, where he worked for more than 30 years, giving people financial chances that others wouldn't; in turn allowing them life opportunities other bankers would have refused.

Most of all, she said, she realized that one person can change the course of many lives.

"He lived big," Alexander said. "When you're trying to follow in those shoes, you can't waste a minute."

After the search and rescue crews located the crash site on Oct. 26, 2010, it was a K-9 team that ultimately found the remains of the men.

When Alexander got involved in search and rescue after purchasing Sockeye a year and a half ago, she ended up meeting the woman and the dog who located her father's remains.

Like that K-9 team did for her, Alexander said she hopes to one day provide that type of closure for other families.

Though she and Sockeye are not certified as a K-9 team yet, a few weeks ago, she assisted in the search and rescue mission for the 79-year-old man who wandered away while picking mushrooms near Randle. Sockeye did not participate; Alexander went with another K-9 team.

There are numerous search and rescue teams in Lewis County, and volunteers are needed to fill a variety of roles, Alexander said.

Shekhar Gupta
Capt. Shekhar Gupta [ Pilot, DIAM, M.Ae.S.I., MAOPA [USA] ] 
Blog : 

Plane Crash - How Suntai, Aides Were Rescued
It took the prompt intervention of the men of the Nigerian Air Force Base in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, to rescue the governor of Taraba State, Mr. Danbaba Suntai, and five of his aides that were involved in an air crash on Thursday night ...
See all stories on this topic »
Small plane crashes on Bluff Mountain
The Mountain Press
BLUFF MOUNTAIN — Five people escaped serious injury Sunday when their plane crashed around 2:45 p.m., on Bluff Mountain in the western portion of the county. Sevier County Sheriff Ron Seals confirmed the crash and said while four of the five were ...
See all stories on this topic »
Racing team engineer hurt in plane crash
Sacramento Bee
INDIANAPOLIS -- An engineer who works for Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing was piloting a smallairplane when it clipped some trees during takeoff and crashed in a field on the south side of Indianapolis. A team spokeswoman says Jeremy Milless was leaving ...
See all stories on this topic »
How Suntai's plane crashed – Eyewitness account
The People of Namtari village; a suburb of Yola the capital of Adamawa state, who were the first eye witnesses to arrive the scene of the Plane crash involving the Taraba state governor Danbaba Suntai who has now been flown to Germany for better ...
See all stories on this topic »

Families still deal with pain of Flight 4184 crash
At 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31, 1994, American Eagle flight 4184, a commuter flight from Indianapolis to Chicago, crashed in a farm field south of Roselawn. The National Transportation Safety Board blamed ice buildup formed on the plane's wings when flying ...
See all stories on this topic »
Daughter trains in K-9 to honor searchers for dad's crashed plane
The Seattle Times
Two years after the plane crash north of Morton that killed three men, the daughter of the man who piloted the plane is working to train her German shepherd to become a search and rescue dog as a way to honor the community members who aided in the ...
See all stories on this topic »
Zemeckis at the controls of 'Flight' in return to live action movies
Washington Times
The crash sequence, a virtuoso set piece made with the digital artists from Mr. Zemeckis' animated films, features the unusual but effective maneuver of briefly flying the plane upside down. The thrilling crash, which essentially opens the film, is a ...
See all stories on this topic »

Washington Times
Governor Suntai - Investigators Take Over Crash Site
Jalingo — Investigators from the Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB), a parastatal under the Ministry of Aviation, have taken over the site where a plane piloted by the Taraba State Governor, Pharm Suntai Danbaba, crashed last Thursday. The aircraft ...
See all stories on this topic »
Aftermath Of Taraba Gov's Plane Crash, Thugs Invade Govt House, Send Dep ...
Osun Defender
Thugs have invaded the Government House, Jalingo and chased out the deputy governor, Alhaji Garba Umar. This is even as Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba State who was involved in a plane crash, has been reportedly flown to Germany for medical...
See all stories on this topic »

Osun Defender
Blotto Pilot
New York Magazine
In his last live-action feature, 2000's Cast Away, Robert Zemeckis devised the most harrowing plane crash I'd seen on film, but whenever the movie's action shifted to the civilized world, his direction seemed fuzzy and out of touch. Flight is his ...
See all stories on this topic »


Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post Available on these sites

Guest Post Available on these sites. At just 100$ [For all Sites] Contact  +91 91318 68158

Online Blogger Training Program

Online Blogger  Training Program 5 Days Basic  Online Blogger  Training Program [Classes Mon To Fri  ]    2021 To    2021  Timing : 5PM to 5:45 PM  Present Online Blogging  Training Program [5 days a week for 1 Week Only ]  Age : 10Years to 35 Years Only Fees : USD $100 or  INR 899  Work From Home [WFH]   Free Blog  for All  Topics  What is a Blog and Blogging Find a Blog Niche.  Write about What You Love  How to Start a Blog  [Step By Step]  10 Places to Promote Your Blog Posts  To apply for this Position Contact Send us Your following Info on WhatsApp  +91 8851365156  +91 9977513452 Dept :   Online Blogger  Training Program 1. Full Name----------------- 2. Date of Birth---------------- 3. City ------------------- 4. Gender --------------    5. Age -------------- 6. Univ / Ins  -------------------- 7. Education : 8. WhatsApp : 9. Fees Rs 799 by GooglePay  9329737330  PayTm 9826037330 Plz Contact  our Corp Team Manbir Kaur   [Aero Engineer]  Director [Business Dev

New Tools to Identify and Protect Against Cloud Computing Problems

New  Tools  to Identify and Protect Against Cloud Computing Problems Overclockers Club This new  tool  is a very light program, taking less than 1% of a CPU's maximum load and using only 16 MB of memory, that monitors system level information for any deviations from the norm. If a virtual machine sees a sudden change in CPU, memory  ... See all stories on this topic » Increased  Internet  access aims at closing rural-urban education gap Global Times This semester, she is teaching at her hometown elementary school with the aid of the  Internet  and multimedia facilities,  tools  she first used only after she had become a college student. Xujiadu Primary School, where she works, is one of the  ... See all stories on this topic » Casual Collaboration Sweetened by Ribose Einnews Portugal The new web platform, , brings together an unmatched collection of  tools , applications and widgets that harness the real-time, social and cloud-based flexibility of today'