Released by: Deputy Josh Westfall – Assistant SAR Coordinator

Release Date: August 3rd, 2019

Rescued: Robert Laroe, 57 year old male, Creswell OR


On August 3rd, 2019 at approximately 12:40 pm, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call regarding an injured horse rider on a trail near the Quinn Meadow Horse Camp.  Quinn Meadow is located off Century Drive between Devils Lake and Elk Lake. 

One Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and 15 Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to the scene while another DCSO Deputy remained in town to help coordinate the response. The first DCSO resources reached the injured rider, identified as Robert Laroe, about a mile down the trail from the horse camp at approximately 1:54 pm. Laroe was treated for potentially life-threatening injuries at the scene and transported via wheeled litter back to Quinn Meadow where a Life Flight helicopter was waiting.

Laroe was flown to St. Charles Bend by Life Flight for further treatment of his injures.


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.