Oklahoma Task Force 1 Thankful To Be In Right Place At Right Time

Thursday, May 28th 2020, 8:30 pm
By: Reagan Ledbetter

Oklahoma Task Force 1 said they train for certain moments all year long, but it doesn’t make it any easier when a search ends with finding a child’s body.

Captain Terry Sivadon said no one wanted the search to end the way it did.

But it gave the family and members of the Tulsa community, some much needed answers.

The Oklahoma Task Force 1 found a little boy's body just before dark after searching for hours.

A search crew was waiting along the shore to pull a boat out of the water, when they saw the body.

They're thankful they were in the right place at the right time.

"If you just skip ahead a half a mile, and you miss that area, that's where that victim could be,” said Sivadon.

OK Task Force 1 is an elite group of firefighters trained in search and rescue. They used boats, drones and K-9'S to search Mingo Creek and Bird Creek.

They found the boy's body 80 miles by water, upstream from where searchers found a little girl the night before.

"You're always looking downstream,” said Sivadon. “You're always hoping that next search, that next mile you look is where you find what you are looking for."

Captain Sivadon said this was a challenging search because Bird Creek is filled with trees, root balls and brush piles.

He said everything had to be checked.

"Our main goal is that I can go back to that command post and tell them that that has been searched. That is complete. I feel confident that with the crews I had, the area I searched, that there’s no one in there."

Sivadon said the end to the search was difficult. He’s proud his team did their job, but it hits close to home when the victims are children.

"I'm proud of my team,” said Sivadon. “I'm glad they found him, but it is still a tragic ending. Whether it was us or anyone that found him I was just glad that it ended, and it put some closure to the family."