By: Lt. Bryan Husband, DCSO Special Services Coordinator
Injured Hiker: Eric Reynolds, 18 yom, Aumsville, OR
On 07/24/17, at about 1:11pm, 9-1-1 Dispatch received a call reporting Eric Reynolds had been hiking on the Misery Ridge trail at Smith Rock State Park, had lost consciousness and fallen over 100′. Reynolds had come to rest on a lower section of the trail and was in need of medical attention. Reynolds had been hiking up the trail with his family and when they stopped to rest, the fall occurred. It is unknown if Reynolds was tired or experiencing a form of heat exhaustion from the warm weather.
13 DCSO SAR Volunteers, one DCSO Deputy and personnel from Redmond Fire Department and Smith Rock State Park hiked to Reynolds’ location, approximately one half mile from the Misery Ridge trail head. Redmond Fire Department personnel began treating Reynolds for non life threatening injuries. Reynolds was packaged in a wheeled litter and transported down the steep trail, at which point he was transported by ambulance to St. Charles Hospital in Redmond.
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind those recreating, whether it be at Smith Rock State Park or any of our many outdoor areas, to plan ahead for all types of weather. Research the weather forecast, bring extra food and water and utilize sun protection.