Late Illinois Hunter's Family Funds New EquipmentHARRISBURG, Ill. (AP) - The family of a southern Illinois man who died months ago while turkey hunting hopes their donation of search-and-rescue equipment to a sheriff's department saves lives.
Saline County Sheriff Keith Brown says survivors of 62-year-old Joseph Thatcher have given his department more than $4,000 that paid for such items as portable radios, GPS devices and technology that boosts cell phone signals. The equipment also includes reflective "landing zone" kits with battery-operated flares, meant to help helicopters called in as part of the search or rescue to find specific locations.
Thatcher of Wilmington died in April while hunting in the county's portion of the Shawnee National Forest.
A family from Galatia also donated, but they asked to remain anonymous.
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