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Press Release
January 31, 2007
Oregon ARMY National Guard launched a UH-60 Blackhawk to rescue injured hiker
 
At approximately 5:30 p.m. this evening, the Oregon Army National Guard launched a Blackhawk helicopter for a night vision goggle and rescue hoist operation on Mt. Hood.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office requested the assistance of the Salem based helicopter and crew to rescue a 45 year old injured female hiker from the south side of Mt. Hood, near Hogs Back.
 
The should be nearing the scene at this time.  On board are pilot and co-pilot  Chief Warrant Officer III Dennis Cooper of Salem, Ore., Chief Warrant Officer II Jake Webber of Portland, crew chiefs, Staff Sgt. Larry Ericson and Staff Sgt. Dave Noffsinger of Salem, and flight medic Sgt. Mike Barber of Springfield, Ore.
 
Use of the night vision equipment and hoist in the darkness provides the soldiers invaluable training while performing a real world mission to protect the lives of the citizens of Oregon.  These flight are conducted as part of the annual flight certification requirements at no additional cost to the government or taxpayers.
 
Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
 

Contact Info:
 
Kay Fristad
503-931-5179
 
Capt. Michael Braibish
503-932-5805