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Press Release
July 12, 2006
Army National Guard Soldier Rescues Young Girl from the Deschutes River
1st Squadron, 82nd Cavalry (RSTA)
41st IBCT
875 SW Simpson Ave, Bend, OR 97701 (541) 383-0954 Fax: (541) 389-1946
Bend, Oregon 
Location: Deschutes River near Newport Avenue, Bend, Ore.
On July 10, 2006 at approximately 5 pm, four Oregon Army National Guard soldiers were on duty participating in recruiting activities near the Deschutes River in Bend, Ore. While near the river, Specialist Tom Hoy observed three children on inner-tubes, with no life jackets, who were floating downstream, dangerously near a spill-way. A woman was reported as having drowned near the first spillway the day before. At least one of the children appeared to be in distress and the soldiers directed them to come to shore. The two older boys were able to get to the near shore, but a young girl, estimated to be six or seven years old, was too far out and appeared to be crying and frightened. Spec. Hoy told the girl to grab onto some weeds that were growing out of the water and instructed another soldier to stay on the near side of the river in case she let go and made it near that side. Hoy ran upstream, crossed a bridge, and ran back down the opposite bank, jumping several fences, until he reached the location of the girl. Without any concern for his personal safety, Spec. Hoy entered the waist deep, moving water and was able to have the girl climb onto his back where he carried her to safety. Hoy, the other soldiers, and one civilian returned the girl to her thankful parents.
Spec. Hoy is a resident of Prineville, Ore. In addition to being a member of the Oregon Army National Guard, he is a Reserve Police Officer with the Prineville Police Department.
Lt. Col. Eric Bush
Capt. Aaron DeCelle
(541) 383-0954,
Fax: (541) 389-1946