With heavy hearts we were honored to be asked to join the procession for Fallen Officer Detective Jeremiah MacKay of the San Bernardino County Sheriff deptartment assigned to Yucaipa station.Detective MacKay, a 35-year-old father of two, was killed February 12,2013 in the San Bernardino Mountains while pursuing Christopher Dorner, a former Los Angeles police officer who was suspected of killing 3 people (including Riverside Officer Michael Crain) and injuring several others. Dorner was found dead in a burning cabin in the Barton Flats area after a shootout with authorities.
Very good to get victim out of there alive and also finally understand what is up that drainage...it may sound crazy but we always wondered what it was like up there. Possibly our first SAR in that drainage just south east of Frustration...Just a couple notes:
This rescue after the 5 hour search involved 3 belayed lowerings; the first one of 90ft & the next of also about 90ft & another of 30ft of the litter team & victim from the initial victims location at the cliff bottom to the grow extraction point within the inactive grow. Around 1 am we decided this semi clear buck brush area offered the best manageable clearance for a hoist with the least amount of clearance & maintenance work. To get Chris there we had 8 on the litter & 1 handling the belay. Slope was never more than 20 to 25 degrees for that section & route into the grow. Within the grow we dug 3 leveled out bivy sites for the victim & rescuers to share. The grow was well fertilized with Miracle grow & urea of some sort...very smelly & bad for the streams...
Larry served as safety & carried 200ft of dynamic & I had 175ft of 9mm static & 100ft of dynamic. We all kept our harnesses on from insertion at 6833ft to Hiway 38 at 4727ft as the terrain was unknown & very uneven. We ran into spiders, carpenter ants, scorpions & Lion tracks. Known injuries were limited to buck brush scratches & poison oak rashes.
There are really 4 ways to get your hours logged:
1 - the standard old chart at the barn (try to also note the date with your hours)
2 - Shane's new way to post on this site
3 - Email Ellyn at firstname.lastname@example.org
4 - Call Ellyn & leave a message at home
I spent a little time this morning and changed the look to the site. Please let me know what you think. Next plan is to make the entering of hours easier. I will start today, but who knows when I will be done.