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Press Release
May 22, 2005
Oregon Army National Guard dispatches UH-60 Helicopter to assist in rescue of injured hikers
At the request of Oregon Emergency Management and Deschutes County Officials, one of two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters from the Oregon Army Aviation Support Facility, Oregon National Guard in Salem, Ore. will depart at approximately 3:30 p.m. enroute to the North Sister to assist in the rescue of two hikers who are reported to have critical injuries.
A second Blackhawk helicopter is preparing to respond to this situation and will depart from Salem within the hour.
Piloting the first aircraft are Lt. Col. Dan Hokanson, Co-pilot Chief Warrant Officer Rob Brattain, both of Keizer, Ore. The crewschief and flight medic on this flight are Sgt. Pat Casha and Sgt. Erikson of Salem.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.
Kay Fristad
Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Oregon National Guard
land line 503-390-1589