SAR Volunteers Rescue Moutain Biker in Leverich

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(Gallatin County, Mont.) Sunday a little after noon a 21 year old seasonal employee in the area crashed his mountain bike in Leverich Canyon south of Bozeman. He was 1 to 2 miles up the trail from the parking area and was able to call 911 using his cell phone. The man was able to give a good description of his location and his condition to rescuers who reached him in less than an hour. He was transported out of the hills using a specialized wheeled liter similar to what hunters use to haul out game. He suffered an injury to his right arm and shoulder from impacting a tree when he fell.

On Wednesday the 16th rescuers were sent to the area of Fairy Lake to search for a member of a party of 4 that had planned on skiing The Great One. Prior to finding the proper route one person of the party fell and fractured his arm and another member and his dog were stranded by terrain. The injured skier and the rest of the group left the area to go to the hospital where they contacted the Sheriff’s Office. Volunteer Rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue utilized a helicopter and ATVs to located and rescue the left over member of the party who had found a way off the mountain.

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Rollover Motor Vehicle Crash on Highway 191 at mile marker 40 south of Big Sky

Big Sky Fire

For Immediate Release:

On July 16, 2014 at approximately 9:14 am, the Big Sky Fire Department, along with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol, were dispatched to Highway 191 at mile marker 40 south of Big Sky for a rollover single motor vehicle accident.  Arriving units found that all occupants had been helped out of the vehicle by bystanders.  The pregnant driver and her two young children were transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital by BSFD for treatment of minor injuries.  An accident investigation is being conducted by MHP.

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Contact:

Big Sky Fire Chief William Farhat, 995-2100 or wfarhat@bigskyfire.org

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Additional Detail on SAR Activity for the Week

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(Gallatin County Mont.) On Friday 07-11-14 at 1832 hours a 50 year-old male from Bozeman called 911 and reported he fell and injured himself, possibly breaking his collarbone, while mountain biking Moody Creek east and north from Stone Creek North of Bozeman.  SAR personnel responded with teams entering both Stone Creek and Olson Creek in an attempt to find the man. The first team left Stone Creek trailhead at 1955 hours. At 2019 hours Summit Air Ambulance was contacted to assist in locating the man from the air. Seven minutes after they lifted off the ground they spotted the injured biker. As there was not a satisfactory landing zone, they directed a ground team in who assisted the man down a trail to the SAR ATVs. Rather than ride down, the man chose to continue walking, with the assistance of a SAR member, to the main Stone Creek Road where an ambulance was stationed.  The man appeared to have suffered a broken collar bone. He refused transport from AMR and drove to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital in his own vehicle.

On Saturday, July 12th, at 10:19 am, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, the Big Sky and Helicopter Divisions of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, and the Big Sky Fire Department responded to a backcountry rescue on Buck Ridge south of Big Sky. A 22 year old male riding an ATV struck a tree approximately seven miles west of the Doe Creek trailhead. The impact caused significant injuries to the man’s head and upper torso. The man, who was in substantial pain, walked about half a mile from the scene of the collision before he collapsed. The man was found by other recreationalists who contacted the Gallatin County Dispatch Center by cell phone.

Rescuers responded to the scene on a motorcycle and a specialized ATV towing a rescue ambulance sled. Rescuers provided first aid and began transporting the injured man back to the Doe Creek trailhead. While the injured man was en route to the trailhead, a rescuer separated from the group, picked up a paramedic from the Big Sky Fire Department for extra medical support, and returned to the injured man for the duration of the transport to the trailhead. Due to the man’s injuries, Summit Air responded to the trailhead to pick up the man and transport him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Rescuers and other recreationalists that observed the scene of the crash stated the man’s injuries would have been much more significant had he not been wearing a helmet with a face shield.

Sheriff Brain Gootkin would like to remind recreationalists riding in the backcountry to always ride within their skill level, wear the proper safety equipment, and ride in a group. Always carry a means of communication to summon help if you run into trouble.

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It Must Be Summer – Five Search and Rescue Calls in the Last Five Days

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(Greater Gallatin County Mont.) Starting Tuesday Deputies and SAR Volunteers have been active with outdoor recreation mishaps.  On Tuesday a 67 year old Bozeman resident was on a hike with other members of the Bozeman Senior Center in Middle Cottonwood Canyon when she tripped and fell, injuring her ankle.

Wendesday volunteers had the day off.

Thursday at 11:17 a.m. SAR responded to Leverich Canyon south of Bozeman for an 18 year old male injured in a moutain bike crash.

Thursday at 4:40 p.m. a Bozeman woman called 911 to report that she was lost in the Hyalite area. She had driven on Langohr Rd, parked and then hiked on game trails and old logging roads. Dispatch was able to retrieve GPS coordinates from her cell phone. Her phone put her location on the Cottonwood Ridge area not far from a logging road. Members from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue along with members of Rae/Sourdough Fire and the Deputies responded. As SAR was deploying the lost woman was located by a friend and escorted back to her vehicle. She was uninjured, just a little shaken up by the experience. Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind everyone that it is much safer to hike with a group, or with another person if possible. The backcountry can become very large and very scary when you are by yourself.

Thursday at 11:32 p.m., the 911 Center received the report of an emergency beacon activation near the Cabin Creek Cabin, which is north of West Yellowstone. Shortly thereafter there was a 911 call from a nurse who related that a 53-year-old female from Bozeman was injured in a horse accident and was at the Cabin Creek Cabin. Personnel from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue West Yellowstone Division responded. Hebgen Basin Fire Department assisted with the rescue. Air Idaho, which is a life-flight helicopter from Idaho Falls, also responded. When the rescue team arrived at the scene they assessed the patient who had suffered serious injuries from the accident. The patient was packaged onto the life-flight helicopter and flown to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.  Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind recreationalists that this incident highlights the importance of having a reliable communication device such as the one used in this case so that search and rescue professionals can quickly respond to a backcountry emergency.

Friday at 6:30 p.m. Rescue Crews from the valley spend the evening in the Bangtails North and East of Bozeman.  A 50 year old male had crashed on his mountain bike between Stone Creek and the Bangtail Divide.  It took SAR Volunteers about 3 hours to reach the biker sending rescuers in from both Olsen Cr and Stone Creek.  Although riding a moutain bike into Stone Cr. is fairly easy, locating and bringing someone out that can’t ride that same bike is much more difficult.

On Saturday at 10:19 a.m. Sheriff’s SAR units from Big Sky responded to Doe Cr for an injured ATV rider about 6 1/2 miles from the highway.  That person was flown by Summit Air Ambulance after being accessed by SAR teams.

 

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Victim of Fatal Car Accident Identified

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Coroner has identified the female victim in the fatal car accident on July 10, 2014, at approximately 09:45 a.m. as 36 year-old Bhu Sullivan. Sullivan’s vehicle was struck in the driver’s side.

Sullivan’s five year-old daughter was in the vehicle and was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital with minor injuries.  The driver of the other vehicle, a crane, was not injured.

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Great Day, Nice Hike, Bad Fall

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(Gallatin County Mont.) On Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:03 AM Gallatin County 911 received a report of an injured hiker on the Middle Cottonwood Trail north of Bozeman. Volunteer Rescuers from Sheriff’s Search and Rescue and the Central Valley Fire Department responded to the area.  The 67 year old Bozeman resident was on a hike with other members of the Bozeman Senior Center when she tripped and fell, injuring her ankle.  Another group of hikers was able to use a cell phone to call for help.  Rescuers located the patient approximately 1.5 miles from the trailhead.  Medics were able to stabilize the patient on scene.  The patient was transported out by one wheel liter to a waiting Central Valley Fire Ambulance by SAR and Fire Fighters.  The patient was then transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. ####

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Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Activty for the 4th of July Weekend

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(Gallatin County, Mont.)  On Saturday July 5, 2014, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Big Sky Division of Sheriff’s Search & Rescue, and the Big Sky Fire Department responded to two separate incidents. At 1223 hrs, rescue units responded to a lost 12 year old boy near the Ousel Falls Trailhead in Big Sky, MT. The child had become separated from his parents while mountain biking and had been missing for an hour. Sheriff’s Deputies arrived on scene and Search & Rescue units were mobilizing when the lost child was able to contact his parents via a cell phone. The boy’s location was determined to be a short distance from the trailhead and he was soon reunited with his parents.

At 1530 hrs, rescue units responded to the report of a 43 year old male hiker who had slipped while carrying his 2 year old child and injured his right leg. His wife was able to take the child and call 911 from the location of the accident. Big Sky Search and Rescue, using ATV’s, were able to arrive at the hikers’ location 24 minutes after the initial call. They immobilized the injured hiker’s ankle and rescuers transported the man by ATV to the trailhead where the Big Sky Fire Department ambulance was already staged. The patient was transported by ambulance to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for treatment of a suspected broken ankle.

Sheriff Gootkin reminds everyone entering the backcountry to take a partner and to carry a reliable means of communication in case of emergencies. A working cell phone, in conjunction with being in an area of good cell reception, played an important role in the successful search and rescue of these two individuals.  #####

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DUI Task Force CEASE Award

20140319-202735.jpg       The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office would like to formally thank the Gallatin County DUI Task Force in assisting with the purchase of three STALKER Radars. These radars were purchased to replace older models as well as help to make sure each Deputy’s vehicle has its own radar unit. Radars are great tools in combating DUI’s since the impaired driver is not able to concentrate on simple divided attention tasks like being aware of speed while he/she is driving. The Gallatin County DUI Task Force provided funds from their CEASE (Community Education & Activity Support and Enforcement) Awards program to make the purchase possible. This is another example of how your local Gallatin County DUI Task Force is teaming up with local law enforcement agencies to help keep our county safe from impaired drivers.

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4th of July Reminder from the Belgrade Police Department

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The Fourth of July is upon us and the Belgrade Police Department would like to wish our citizens a safe and joyful Fourth of July Weekend.  We would like to remind everyone of our city ordinances regarding firework use in the city of Belgrade.  By law, a full description of these ordinances are conspicuously posted on all fireworks stands throughout the city and online at http://belgradepolice.net/laws/Ordinances. These ordinances state the following:

Section 9.03.010 Fireworks – Sale and Discharge Prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any adult individual, minor child, firm, partnership, corporation or association to possess for sale, sell or offer for sale, at retail, or discharge within the City of Belgrade, any fireworks, as defined herein, except as specifically permitted herein.

Section 9.03.020 – Permitting Minor – Prohibition. It shall be unlawful for any parent, guardian, or custodian of any minor child to permit or consent to the possession or discharge by the minor child in his charge or custody of any fireworks, as defined herein, except as specifically permitted herein. Possession or discharge by any minor child of any fireworks within the City of Belgrade shall be presumed to be with the permission and consent of such parent, guardian, or other person having the custody of such Minor child.

Section 9.03.030 – When Sale of Fireworks Permissible. It shall be lawful for an adult individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association to offer for sale, expose for sale, sell at retail or wholesale, within the City of Belgrade, those and only those permissible fireworks enumerated, described and defined in Section 50-37-105, MCA, between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M., each day, from June 24 through July 5 and December 29 through December 31 of each year. A copy of the City of Belgrade Fireworks Ordinance requirements shall be posted in a conspicuous location at all sites offering fireworks for sale.

Section 9.03.040 – Prohibition of Discharge of Fireworks. It shall be unlawful to discharge at any time any fireworks, as defined herein, within the boundaries of any City park that the City owns and/or maintains. In addition, it is unlawful to discharge at any time any fireworks, as defined herein, within the boundaries of any properties under the ownership and/or control of Belgrade School District # 44.

Section 9.03.050 – When Fireworks Discharge Permissible. It shall be lawful for an adult individual, minor child, firm, partnership, corporation or association to possess and discharge within the City of Belgrade, those and only those permissible fireworks enumerated, described and defined in Section 50-37-105, M.C.A., between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 11:00 P.M., each day, from July 1 through July 5 and on January 1 from 12:00 Midnight to 1:00 A.M, of each year.

In addition to the ordinances listed above, we would also like emphasize that fireworks can cause serious injury, death, and destruction of personal property by fire or explosion.  Fireworks must be used in a safe and responsible manner and with adult supervision.  The manufacture and discharge of sparkler bombs is unlawful and will result in criminal charges.

Finally, we would like remind our citizens and visitors, that as with every holiday, there will be special DUI and traffic safety patrols on our roadways.  This additional manpower consists of officers working overtime shifts which are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation.  It is the goal of the Belgrade Police Department to provide all members of our community with a safe and enjoyable 4th of July holiday.  It is important that we work together as a community to achieve this goal.  Please feel free to contact the police department with any concerns during the holiday weekend and please stay safe out there!

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                  Holiday Wishes from Gallatin County Area Law Enforcement

                             Added Patrols are Out to Deter Impaired Driving 

The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to alcohol-impaired driving crashes. Law Enforcement in Gallatin County will be stepping up traffic patrols to help keep travelers safe. This holiday season the Montana Highway Patrol, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Bozeman Police Department and the Belgrade Police Department will be working together to help insure the safety of travelers in Gallatin County.

This Fourth of July officers will be showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers and will be working together stop Drinking and Driving.

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate and spend time with friends and family. These celebrations end in tragedies if people are not responsible. There is nothing to celebrate if you geta DUI, crash your vehicle, injure or kill someone.

Each agency will have extra officers on traffic patrols to detect impaired drivers. The additional patrols are funded by the Montana Department of Transportation Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs (STEP) grants.

We are also encouraging the proper use of seat belts and child restraints to prevent serious injury or death in the event of a crash. Please Buckle Up for safety.

We offer these reminders for safety:

    • Designate a Driver. Before the fun begins, know who will be the sober driver.
    • Buckle Up. Every trip, every time – even for short distances.
    • Arrange for a Pick Up. The designated driver doesn’t have to be at the party, as long as he/she is willing to drop off and pick up party goers.
    • Keep Ride Options on Speed Dial. Be it a taxi, friend, neighbor, or parent; have that go-to number programed in your phone.
    • Use A Ride Home Program.
    • Plan Your Own Ride Program. As a party host, have a plan with taxis or designated drivers to get your guests home safely.
    • Plan to Spend the Night. Crashing on a couch is better than crashing a car. If you’re going to a house party, why not spend the night?
  • Call a Taxi.

We wish everyone a safe and fun filled Fourth of July Holiday.

Respectfully,

Captain Art Collins      Sheriff Brian Gootkin    Chief Ron Price   Chief E. J. Clark             Mt. Highway Patrol       Gallatin County              Bozeman PD        Belgrade PD

 

 

 

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