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News Release
Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue assist injured motorcycle rider near North Barr OHV area - 01/09/21

Released by:      Dep. Shane Zook, Assistant Search And Rescue Coordinator

Occurred:           01/09/2021     2:41 PM 

Location:            North Barr OHV area

Rescued:           Miller, Matt  Salem, OR, 28 yo male




On 01/09/21 at about 2:41 PM, Deschutes County Dispatch received a 911 call from a male stating that his friend, Matt Miller, had just crashed on a motorcycle near the North Barr OHV area.  The caller stated that Miller was injured and he needed assistance getting him back out to a road.  The caller did not believe that the area was accessable by vehicle.

One Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Deputy and six Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to assist with 4X4 pickups and ATVs.  One US Forest Service Officer and a BLM Ranger also responded to the area. 

At 3:40 PM the US Forest Service Officer and the BLM Ranger were the first ones on scene.  They were able to provided immediate care and provide instruction on how to get to Miller with a vehicle.  At 4:21 PM, SAR volunteers arrived on scene.  SAR medical team members assessed Miller's injuries and assisted him into a SAR 4X4 pickup.  Miller was transported out to an awaiting ambulance with Sisters / Camp Sherman Fire Department.  Miller chose not to be transported by ambulance and instead left with friends to seek further medical treatment.  

DCSO resources returned to quarters by 6:40 PM.  DCSO would like to thank the USFS, BLM, and Sisters / Camp Sherman Fire for their assistance in this rescue. 

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 six K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today led by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves over 200,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 259 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 191 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.

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