Released by: Deputy Kyle Joye – Assistant Search and Rescue Coordinator
Date/time: 07-03-2022 at 1219 hours
Location: Tiddlywinks Trail near Larsen’s Trail
Person Assisted: Male Juvenile, San Marcos, CA

On 07-03-2022 at about 12:19 PM, a Special Services Deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an injured mountain bike rider on Tiddlywinks Trail just west of Larsen’s Trail, west of Bend. Several Search and Rescue volunteers were already on duty for an unrelated call for service and were able to immediately respond to this call from the Bend area.

The reporting party on the incident advised 911 Dispatch a male juvenile had crashed his bike and suffered injuries that may prevent him from walking out to help. 10 volunteers and 1 Special Services Deputy responded with the intention of providing medical care and a wheeled litter for extrication.

While SAR units were en-route, the victim received medical assistance from fellow riders on the trail enough that he was able to begin walking down the trail accompanied by his family. The SAR volunteers continued to the rider’s location with a wheeled litter reaching him at 01:05 pm. Upon arrival, members of the SAR medical team assessed the rider’s condition provided additional medical care and assisted him to a nearby forest service road. Ultimately, the patient decided to seek his own medical care with his family instead of being transported by 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.