Drowning victim id'd as WSK8 behavior specialist
A behavior specialist at Warm Springs K-8 Academy drowned Sunday afternoon, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins.
Valerie Mallory, 44, of Redmond, was paddleboarding at Scout Lake, about 12 miles west of Sisters, when she fell into the water.
Her husband tried to help her but was unable, Adkins said. A kayaker pulled her to shore and tried to resuscitate her, as did medics from the Sisters/Camp Sherman Fire Department.
Mallory was not wearing a life jacket.
On an April 20 Warm Springs Academy Facebook post, Mallory wrote, "I am a firm believer that children do well when they can.
"I see myself as a teacher who works hard to make connections and build relationships with my students and families," she said.
"The goal for me is to connect with kiddos who need one more person in their corner," she said. "When the child is not doing well I want to be there to support, connect and help he or she build skills to make it in this fast-paced world."
The sheriff's office is hoping others will use flotation devices when they are in the water.
"The warm weather and loosening of stay home orders have brought people from their homes out into the woods and lakes in high numbers to recreate this weekend," said Undersheriff Marc Heckathorn. "This is a very sad reminder of the need for all boaters to wear or have immediately available a person flotation device when on the water."
Oregon State Police, Forest Service Law Enforcement and the Sisters/Camp Sherman Fire Department assisted.
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