Pennsylvania sheriff's call for posse draws 452 members

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 15, 2016 2:15 PM

Clearfield, Pa. -- A western Pennsylvania sheriff who asked volunteers to serve in his posse has seen more than 450 people respond.

The (Clearfield) Progress reports 452 people showed up for a meeting of the first Volunteer Clearfield County Sheriff's Posse on Thursday night.

Sheriff Wes Thurston wants to use the group to help his deputies respond to natural disasters, search for missing children or endangered people, gather information or handle other nonemergency tasks.

The sheriff recommends that volunteers carry a firearm. District Attorney William Shaw Jr. told the crowd, "You are all people with a common interest -- you are all pro-Second Amendment." He urged them to "use good judgment" when exercising their right to be armed.

The largely rural county is seated in Clearfield, about 110 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

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