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Volunteers endure tough job to bring families closure

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Volunteers gather before starting their search for Keith Goldberg Volunteers gather before starting their search for Keith Goldberg
Jeffrey Goldberg looks on as volunteers search for his missing brother Jeffrey Goldberg looks on as volunteers search for his missing brother
RRSAR uses a command post during search operations RRSAR uses a command post during search operations
A member of RRSAR digs part of the desert in search for Keith Goldberg's remains A member of RRSAR digs part of the desert in search for Keith Goldberg's remains
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A group of individuals in Clark County gather every now and then for one common purpose - to provide closure for a devastated family.

They don't do it for money and, in fact, most of the volunteers have no emotional connection to the hard work they're about to do.

"I offered my services, and I'm going to do the best I can for the group," said one volunteer.

The work of Red Rock Search and Rescue is centered on the often difficult task of finding human remains so that a family can move on. It was launched on Feb. 8 during the search for missing hiker Ron Kirk.

Now, the team is on its second case.

"We're ready, and we know we have to say goodbye. We haven't been able to do it yet," said Jodi Goldberg, whose brother, Keith, has been missing since Jan. 31.

Roughly 80 volunteers scoured the desert area of Sunrise Mountain, looking for Keith Goldberg - a Las Vegas cab driver who was part of an apparent love triangle.

Jodi and Jeffrey Goldberg joined the volunteers Saturday - people they've never met, but together they are a family bonded by service for their fellow man.

"I can't believe they're giving of themselves to be here in 97 degree temperatures to walk in areas that people don't walk in," said Jeffrey Goldberg.

Red Rock Search and Rescue is the brainchild of a retired search and rescue officer, David Cummings. His newly formed group takes over when Metro's Search and Rescue team exhausts all of its resources.

"The family is just left there and they go, ‘What do I do? Who do I turn to?' You know what? Call us," Cummings said.

Members are required to apply, and then complete at least 70 hours of training. They learn everything from survival and first aid to reading maps and compasses.

"Nobody should be left with those questions in their mind… where their loved one is or how they are," said volunteer Brian Foster, who is an EMT by day and then serves as a medical officer for RRSAR. "It brings great joy to us to be able to provide that to them when we can."

Since the group is comprised of volunteers, they bring their own shovels and stamina to work until the job is done. And that means everything.

"I just completely lost it when I saw all of these people. I was hysterical," said Jodi Goldberg. "It just touched me so much. They've never met us. They don't know Keith. They're just doing it because they're great people."

Red Rock Search and Rescue will continue their search for Keith Goldberg throughout the week.

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