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Volunteer Work Pays Off In Rescue Of Autistic Boy

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James Dixon, a groundskeeper, was the talk of the annual fall picnic at the University of California, Riverside. He volunteers for the San Bernardino Mountain Search and Rescue Team and this week he was on the four-man team that found 8-year-old Joshua Robb in the wilderness near Lake Arrowhead.

First the team found a shirt that belonged to the boy, who is autistic and ran away from his school. “I found his tracks,” Dixon said. “We called it in on the radio and they said they were sending the dogs to search the area. But before the dogs could even get there, Joshua emerged from the brush about 10 feet away from the team. They were quickly able to get him some food and water and on his way back to the command center.

Dixon was introduced at the campus picnic by UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White and applauded as a hero by the staff and faculty of the campus. Dixon said afterward his contribution wasn’t any more than other members of his search and rescue team. Sometimes, he said, one team just gets lucky.

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