Charles Lamica was an Alaska State Trooper from 1981 to 2003. Because Alaska doesn’t have counties the statutory responsibility for search and rescue operations is held by the Alaska State Troopers. With approximately 600 search and rescue missions per year, state troopers in “The Last Frontier” gain a great deal of SAR experience. Charles’ SAR experience spans the entire spectrum of search and rescue assignments. During his career he was actively involved in several hundred SAR missions, in positions ranging from ground team leader, to incident commander, to state-wide SAR coordinator. In addition to his trooper work, he was also an active volunteer member of the Alaska Wing Civil Air Patrol and Juneau Mountain Rescue. For 12 years he also coordinated, taught, and commanded the Alaska Department of Public Safety Search and Rescue Academy, a two-week long school designed to train teen-agers for SAR work. Charles has received commendations for his SAR work from the Alaska State Troopers, the Alaska State Legislature, and the Governor of Alaska. He retired from the Alaska State Troopers in 2003 and moved to northeastern Washington. In 2015 he and his wife, Pamela, opened Boulder Creek Saddle Shop in Kettle Falls.