Released by: Deputy Shane Zook – Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator

Date/time: 08/29/21 at 2:33 P.M.

Location: Pole Creek Trailhead

Injured: Steve Rex – 62 year old male – McMinnville, Or

On 08/29/21 at about 2:33 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a report of an injured hiker near the Pole Creek Trailhead. The reporting person stated that a male in her hiking party had fallen and injured himself. The caller stated that the hiker could not walk out and would need assistance to get back to the Pole Creek Trailhead. According to the coordinates that dispatch received from the caller’s phone, the injured hiker was located about 3.5 miles from the trailhead.

Ten Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers responded to the call. The volunteers parked at the Pole Creek Trailhead and hiked in with a wheeled litter. Members of the medical team evaluated the hiker’s condition and prepared him to be transported in the wheeled litter. The hiker was then loaded into the wheeled litter and carried back out to the trailhead.

The hiker chose to seek further medical treatment on his own and did not want the assistance of an ambulance.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with five K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.