Meet The Signcutters

Dick Wilker Awarded JHPTS “Sign Cutter” Certification – 2009

Dick Wilker first met Joel Hardin along with Ab Taylor at a tracking class in Buckley, WA in 1983.  The course was conducted for the then newly formed Pacific Northwest Trackers Association.  Dick was instrumental in the transition of Pacific Northwest Trackers from a hobby tracking club to a fully functioning search and rescue unit specializing in tracking for King County, WA.  During the following years Dick has continued to pursue his passion for tracking, participating in lost person searches and remaining an active member of Northwest Trackers for over 25 years.  He is currently the Training Director, Membership Chairman and Treasurer for the group.

As his experience and confidence has increased, his role as a tracker has expanded from lost person searches to include crime scene investigations.   He has attended several crime scenes for King County including murder and arson cases.  His experience includes examination of both indoor and outdoor scenes for footprint evidence regarding subject movement/activities.  He has also developed an unexpected liking for writing reports for inclusion to the case files.   He has been a part of the JHPTS instructor staff for many years, traveling throughout the region to assist with classes and especially enjoys working with new students to help them understand what they are seeing.

Dick recently retired as an Engineer for the Kenworth Truck Company. Dick had been with Kenworth for over 30 years and has worked in virtually every area of the truck design process.  He was most recently assigned as a Liaison Engineer where he enjoyed the challenge of solving truck-down situations as well as dealing with customer, factory and warranty issues.

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