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Female hiker carried off trail on a wheeled litter, and then transported by raft across the river.

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Nine Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue volunteers were key in bringing in an injured hiker off the Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park on Aug. 1.A female hiker who became injured while hiking on Smith Rock State Park was rescued by law enforcement, search and rescue and fire department responders on Aug. 1.

On Thursday, Aug. 1, at 10:36 a.m. 911 dispatch received a call from a hiker on the Misery Ridge Trail at Smith Rock State Park, who reported that another hiker, Dorothy Jankowski, who she had come across, had sustained a nonlife-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 Search and Rescue volunteers responded to assist Jankowski. Redmond Fire Department personnel also responded and arrived first at Jankowski's location at 11:24 a.m.  DCSO SAR volunteers arrived at 11:52 a.m.

Jankowski was stabilized and loaded onto a wheeled litter and was transported down the back side of the Misery Ridge Trail and then across the Crooked River via a Redmond Fire Department raft. The fire department then transported Jankowski to St. Charles 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 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.


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