Search for Shadden Begins Saturday

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

"I don't want people to be discouraged, and not participate, I think it's wonderful that people are participating, I would just encourage people to be careful which roles they play in this search," Vaughn Donaldson, District Chief with Midland Fire Department, said.

In the search for Jon Shadden, the Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team and volunteers will be stepping up to find the missing man, but it's a mission that carries with it, serious considerations.

"It's not an Easter egg hunt, it's not like going out and play hide and go seek, it could get pretty traumatic if you've never done it before," Donaldson said.

Vaughn Donaldson, District Chief with Midland Fire Department has helped dozens if not hundreds of teenagers, the army, marines and his firefighters deal with crisis intervention.

"If you never been exposed to death or remains in various conditions bad conditions.  You may want to think about it, and give it a second thought, you don't want anybody to get traumatized by going out and participating in this search," Donaldson said.

But his point is not to discourage people from helping, he's spelling out the reality of a search of this nature.

"But there's a lot of people, you prepared for it, you train for it, still the first time is still quite a kicker, so make sure if you have somebody there that you got through something stressful that you have somebody you can talk to and feel safe talking about it," Donaldson said.

Donaldson says its human nature to want to help, but be protective.

"I would never have children involved in a search like this period, no questions asked, children are not mentally prepared.  They're not developed enough physically and psychologically to experience some of the things they may experience in something like this," Donaldson goes on to say, "if you find that it's getting to be too much, know when to say I need a break," Donaldson said.