Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, members of Poinsett County Sheriff's Search and Rescue are on call to assist the county's residents and visitors who find themselves in need. They also answer calls for mutual aid from neighboring counties.
They assist in the recovery of deceased subjects, aircraft related beacon searches, support of criminal investigations with evidence searches, disaster response, and general logistic support of Sheriff's Office personnel.
The team is trained to use specialized equipment to handle a variety of emergencies such as high-angle rock rescues, car-over-the-side accidents, downed aircraft, swift water rescues and other wilderness medical emergencies. The team is also highly proficient in search operations for overdue hikers, mountain bikers, missing children and lost hunters.
Search and Rescue Director Jay Paul Woods
Mr. Woods started his career in Law Enforcement as a reserve deputy in 1989 for the Mississippi County Sheriffs Department. After a year at MCSO, he was hired as a full time officer with the Marked Tree Police Department, where he worked up to rank of Sergeant. He left Marked Tree in 1995 and went to work with the White Hall Police Department (Jefferson County). After 6 years with White Hall, he and his wife Tammy moved back home to Poinsett County.
He is a devout Christian and a member of Corners Chapel Baptist Church in Payneway, where he serves as the Sunday School Director. He has always had a servants heart and being a Christian. He is even more motivated to serve God by serving the great folks of Poinsett County.
He has over 1,000 training hours and 12 years experience in serving the public. He is certified in Incident Command with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and a member of the Corners Chapel Disaster Relief Food Service Unit and Chainsaw Unit.
Mr. Woods has volunteered many hours over many years, with our youth, from coaching baseball, football and basketball, to serving on the Park and Recreation Committee with the City of Trumann and as a member of the Delta Baseball Board. During this time, he attended a Leadership Training Course and was on the City of Trumanns marketing committee.
Tammy Cole Woods, formerly of Harrisburg, and Mr. Woods have been married for 22 years. They have 3 children, Tyler Pippinger, Jay-Ryan Woods and Garrett Woods. He and Tammy, along with Jay-Ryan and Garrett, live in Trumann.