Mounted Search and Rescue Team assists in Laurens Co.


The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and members of the volunteer Mounted Search and Rescue assisted the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office with the search for a missing Honea Path man last Friday (Jan. 31).

Billy Joe Garrett, 82, a Western Laurens County resident, was last seen Tuesday, January 28th at his residence at 13136 Highway 25, near the intersection of US 25 with US 76. Garrett possibly suffers from Dementia.

The eleven (11) CERT members and nine (9) MSaR members were on scene in Laurens County to assist first responders with the search. After covering over 12 miles of wooded land and close to seven hours of searching, searchers were still unable to locate Garrett.

The Mounted Search and Rescue Team currently has 20 certified riders on the team and 25 CERT trained members in its program. Qualification courses and training scenarios are required of both teams to ensure that the teams are ready when requested by first responders for emergency purposes.

For more information on the CERT and MSaR Teams, visit or contact Anita Allison Donley, Community Projects Coordinator at (864) 844-5005 or by email at