Joe Mayers started to help train dogs at age 10, when his father had Joe reinforce techniques he was teaching Retrievers. He never lost interest in it. He joined LaSAR in 1998 and obtained his NASAR SARTECH II soon thereafter. He and his black lab K-9 partner, Char Bon, have received their NASAR CANINE SARTECH III certification. While in the military, Joe was a structural fire fighter and now he is a Reserve Deputy for Iberia Parish Sheriff Office, working with Char Bon to meet the parish's search and rescue needs. Joe is an Instructor for LaSAR and heads up LaSAR's Western division, based out of Lafayette, LA. He is a member of NASAR and the Canine Search and Recovery association.