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Nearly 40 members of Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1), the state’s Urban Search & Rescue team administered by TEEX, were deployed to Lufkin, Texas, to assist in the search and recovery of debris from the space shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated over Texas on Feb. 1.

“Our role was to support and assist in the coordination of search and recovery operations,” said Team Leader Tim Gallagher.

The TX-TF1 team members’ assignments included supporting command and control operations at the Lufkin Civic Center, coordinating 12 canine/handler search units and providing a six-person medical specialist unit. TX-TF1 also sent hazardous materials specialists and several logistics technicians to help with the recovery efforts.

TEEX employees assisting in the TX-TF1 shuttle debris recovery mission included Pat Barrett, Tim Gallagher, Al Guarino, Bob McKee, Robert Moore and Billy Parker.

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