By: Lt. Bryan Husband, Search and Rescue Coordinator
Rescued: Dorothy Jankowski, 56 year old female, Wilton, Connecticut
On 08/01/19, at 10:36am, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call from a hiker on the Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park, reporting another hiker, Dorothy Jankowski, who she had come across, had sustained a non life threatening injury and needed assistance getting down off of the trail. Jankowski and her husband, Peter Jankowski, were on the Misery Ridge Trail, where it overlooks Monkey Face.
One Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and nine DCSO SAR Volunteers responded to assist Jankowski. Redmond Fire Department personnel also responded and arrived first at Jankowski’s location at 11:24am. DCSO SAR Volunteers arrived at 11:52 hours. Mrs. Jankowski was stabilized and loaded onto a wheeled litter. Mrs. Jankowski was transported down the back side of the Misery Ridge Trail and then across the Crooked River via RFD raft. Redmond Fire Department then transported Mrs. Jankowski to St. Charles Hospital in Redmond for further evaluation and treatment.
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 four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.