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OSP Trooper Injured Following Fall From Cliff in Grant County
06/11/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

Photograph link valid for 30 days (Senior Trooper Johnson's wife and son with Sergeant Gordon Larson watching air ambulance depart from Blue Mountain Hospital) - Source: Oregon State Police
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An Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife trooper is resting comfortably in a Bend hospital after surviving a 50-foot fall down a cliff Tuesday morning while helping ODFW conduct a big horn sheep census in Grant County.
 
On June 10, 2008 at approximately 8:00 a.m. OSP Senior Trooper Larry Johnson was with two ODFW employees conducting an annual big horn sheep census near Aldrich Mountain in a remote section of Grant County south of Dayville. As Senior Trooper Johnson was moving along the edge of a cliff he momentarily grabbed a tree when the tree and footing gave way. Senior Trooper Johnson fell approximately 50 feet vertically down the cliff, suffering a lower right leg injury.
 
The ODFW employees were able to get down to the injured trooper, and with their assistance he crawled about 1/2 mile to where they left an ATV used early that morning to bring them into the area. They transported him about ten miles across rugged country to a pickup and drove nearly 25 miles to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day.
 
After an initial examination by doctors, Senior Trooper Johnson was transported by Air Life air ambulance to St. Charles Medical Center for continued medical evaluation and treatment. He is in stable condition.
 
Senior Trooper Johnson, age 38, is a 14 1/2 year OSP veteran assigned to the OSP Fish & Wildlife Division. He has worked out of the OSP John Day work site since April 2001.