For Immediate Release
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PR #:1300057
Date Issued:May 28, 2013 - 10:22am

Sheriffs' RAVEN/Search and Rescue crews help rescue injured hiker

CONTACT:Deputy Armando Avina - Public Information Officer
911 Parr Blvd Reno, NV 89512
Office 775-328-6370

At 2 PM on Memorial Day afternoon, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team as well as the Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit (RAVEN) were requested by the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District to assist in recovering an injured hiker.

The injured hiker, a woman in her mid to late 20’s, had been hiking on the Hunter Creek Trail when she fell and suffered injuries to her back and neck. Truckee Meadows Fire personnel made contact with the victim and immediately requested Search and Rescue assistance. Due to the extremely rough terrain and distance from the trailhead, the decision was made to request RAVEN for hoisting the victim out of the canyon.  “Without RAVEN, transporting the victim off the trail would have taken at least two hours, and could have easily resulted in additional injuries to Search and Rescue or Fire personnel”, commented Deputy Jereme Wormington, the Search and Rescue Deputy on the scene.

The Washoe County Search and Rescue team and RAVEN are no strangers to the Hunter Creek Trail. “The Hunter Creek Canyon has more calls for service for rescues than any other hiking area that we service”, said Wormington.

After the victim was placed in a litter and secured for transport by the search and rescue HASTY team members, the county’s rapid response search and rescue experts, the RAVEN crew arrived overhead. RAVEN conducted two hoists, first the victim, and then the attending medic. Once on board the HH-1H Huey helicopter, the victim and medic were delivered to a waiting ambulance at the trailhead for further transport to Renown Medical Center.

Washoe County Search and Rescue has over 160 volunteers who donate their time and expertise to the county. Averaging over 100 rescues a year, these volunteers have saved the county substantial amounts of money over the years.

RAVEN was established in 1997, and since that time has conducted hundreds of rescues, as well as fire fighting and law enforcement operations.


The Washoe County Sheriff's Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the Sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Regional Intelligence Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process and traditional street patrols.

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