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Press Release
July 08, 2006
Oregon Army National Guard to support Rescue
The Oregon Army National Guard is preparing to launch a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter in support of a rescue in Lane County.
A hiker with a possible dislocated knee who may be going into shock could require evacuation by hoist - an operation in which a rescuer is lowered from the helicopter by cable to stabilize a patient for extraction.
The hiker is in the Waldo Lake area of Lane County. The Lane County Sheriff's office is the lead agency for the rescue. Rescue officials can request assistance from the Oregon Army National Guard through the state Office of Emergency Management.
The UH-60 is from the 1042nd Medical Company (Air Ambulance). Thirty-five members of the unit recently returned from a six month tour in Afghanistan.
This is the second consecutive day the 1042nd has been called upon to support civil authorities.
The Oregon National Guard remains ready to perform a variety of duties to the state and nation.
Oregon National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kay Fristad
cell 503-931-5179
Capt Mike Braibish
cell 503-932-5805