Its Hotter than it Looks

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

On Friday, August 10th, 2018, a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy and members from the  Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue at Big Sky responded to a report of two lost hikers  without water from Minnesota on the Sky Rim Trail.  The hikers were able to contact emergency services on Big Horn Peak with their cell phone.  Search and Rescue members located the two hikers the following morning.  After hydrating, Search and Rescue members hiked out with the two men.

This rescue is a great example of what can happen while hiking in Montana. Hikers on a technical trail that did not anticipate the great distance that they would have to cross before they encountered a water source.  Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind hikers to take extra water with you or fill your containers often in these hot summer months. Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office

 

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Two Rescues Sunday

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Sunday two rescues sent Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Deputies and volunteers to Hyalite and Portal Creek simultaneously. At 4:00 in the afternoon a report of a 67 year old having heart trouble on the Blackmore trail in Hyalite Canyon was recieved.  Because heart problems can be lethal a medical helicopter was dispatched to the area as well as SAR ground teams.  The Backcountry topography and weather in Gallatin County often prevents even helicopters from being able to reach people in distress so ground rescuers are always sent and often arrive before the helicopter.  In this case weather was an issue and the Reach Air Medical Helicopter had to stand off and wait for an opening in the weather.  Eventually they were able to land and transport him to Bozeman Health where his condition was reported as stable.  At about the same time Sheriff’s Deputies and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Volunteers at Big Sky were sent to a 77 year old man with a broken ankle on the Hidden Lakes trail at Portal Creek.  When rescuers reached the trail head they found that other hikers had assisted him down the trail to the road.  He declined an ambulance and traveled with family members to the hospital.  In both cases there was no phone service available and someone had to walk out and report the incident.  These delays can means hours between when the injury occurs and when help can arrive.  Sheriff Gootkin said “Bad things can happen to people doing all the right things, so when out being active it is important to have a few things to help you survive.  Carry something to stay dry and warm, something to stop bleeding, something to drink and eat and go with a partner.”  Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies and Volunteers are also continuing to assist with the search of the Yellowstone River for James Anderson.

 

 

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Sheriff’s Office Warns Of More Scams Circulating The Area

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office has received a number of complaints from citizens regarding various phone scams that are circulating the area. If you have questions about a scam or you receive a call from one of these scammers, please call the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office at 406-582-2100.

One scam involves a caller informing people who answer that they have criminal charges pending and to send money for these charges to be dropped. The scammer informs the person to call a number and arrange payment.  These callers are intimidating, convincing, and persistent. Please do not respond to their requests. The number they are calling from or that they ask you to call back is 406-219-5919. This number goes to a voice mail indicating you have reached the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. Do not call the number it is a bogus number.

The second type of scam involves callers impersonating someone from the Social Security Administration. They claim there is an issue with your social security card or your benefits. They ask for the last 4 digits of your SSN, your DOB, and other personal information. Do not give them any information. If you have questions, call the Social Security Administration directly or phone the Sheriff’s Office and ask about any scams. Do not call the number they give you.

Another scam involves callers impersonating a representative from the Dish Network stating there is an issue with the satellite communicating with your dish. The caller states you will have to pay them to have the issue fixed. Again, they ask for the last 4 digits of your SSN, your DOB, and other personal information. Do not give them any information. If you have questions, call the Dish Network # directly from the number on your statement, or phone the Sheriff’s Office and ask about any scams. Do not call the number they give you and do not give out any information.

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Floodplain Program Annual Report

Gallatin County Floodplain Program Annual Report
Contact:  Sean O’Callaghan, Gallatin County Planning Department  (406) 582-3136

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Yellowstone River Search Update

Since Friday evening, nearly 150 people have participated in the search for James Anderson. Today there have been 13 boat teams, 20 ground crew, 8 dogs, 3 divers, 7 comms, a helicopter, and a drone searching the river from Mayor’s Landing to Columbus. As the search shifts into recovery, we will be reducing the size of the search teams but the search will continue. We appreciate the support we have received from the community.

The river will reopen tonight at 9pm. We appreciate everyone who has respected the closure on this summer weekend.

We will provide updates as additional information becomes available.

Photos courtesy of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

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Yellowstone River Search and Rescue Event

Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Jim Anderson was involved in the boat accident that occurred on the Yellowstone River yesterday in Park County. Jim’s wife Angie passed away on the scene. Jim and his daughter were able to make it to shore safely, but their son James is still missing. Jim and his family want to thank all of the emergency responders and Search & Rescue volunteers for their efforts in attempting to find James. Sheriff Gootkin stated, “Family is everything, it’s why we do what we do and it’s also why it hurts that much more when it’s our family. We hurt for Jim and his family. They have a long, difficult road ahead but they are not alone. We will help and support them no matter what they need or how long it takes.” A special thanks to Park County Sheriff Scott Hamilton, his Office, and everyone involved in the search for James. We ask that the public not respond to the scene to assist. We have all the help we need at this time.

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Correction on GCSO Inmate Suicide

On Sunday July 22, 2018, 48-year-old Rodolfo Millan-Calderon committed suicide at the Gallatin County Detention Center. The Bozeman Police Department arrested Millan-Calderon Friday afternoon on a felony warrant from Cascade County Justice Court charging him with five counts of Incest.  His last listed residence was Great Falls.

At approximately 6:30 A.M., he was let out of his cell with other inmates for breakfast at which time he walked to the second level and jumped head first onto the floor below. Emergency medical efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Because this was an in custody death we requested independent death and criminal investigations. Park County Coroner Al Jenkins was requested to take the case and determine cause and manner of death.  State law requires that a Coroner’s inquest be held.  The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation was requested to investigate any possible criminal acts.  Sheriff Gootkin stated, “There is no indication of any criminal act but we are going to make sure that this is fully and impartially investigated.”  This is an ongoing investigation therefore we cannot provide details of the incident but Sheriff Gootkin will be available for interviews and questions in the Detention Center community room at 3:00 P.M. today.

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Sunday Rescue in Gallatin Canyon

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Sunday at 1030 am, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputies and Search and Rescue personnel, Gallatin Gateway Fire Department, as well as Reach Air Medical Services, conducted a rescue operation to retrieve a woman who had sustained injuries while hiking.  A 37 year old Bozeman woman had been hiking at Gallatin Tower, when she lost consciousness falling on to rocks.  Rescuers were able to locate the woman and transport her to an awaiting ambulance.

Gallatin County Sheriff, Brian Gootkin, would like to remind you when enjoying hikes around Bozeman and Big Sky; be sure to hike with friends.   This not only allows you to have more fun, but creates a safe hiking experience as well. Photos courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office

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Double Search and Rescue Calls for Big Sky Friday

(Big Sky, Mont.) Friday morning at 11:21 Gallatin County 911 received a report of an injured hiker on Cinnamon Creek Trail south of Big Sky.  The caller reported his wife found a 27 yr old woman two miles up the trail, unconscious with an injured leg.  The caller told the Sheriff’s Deputy he was communicating with his wife through a Garmin In-Reach text message device.  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue at Big Sky and the Big Sky Fire Department were dispatched. In addition the REACH medical helicopter and the Sheriff’s Heli Rescue team were launched.  Rescuers on foot and ATV located her at 1:34pm.  She had recovered somewhat and was alert and oriented when they arrived.  The responding helicopters were canceled because her condition had improved.  It was discovered that she was carrying a forty pound pack and when a fox ran out in front of her, she pivoted and dislocated her hip.  A Big Sky Fire Paramedic who is also a Search and Rescue member assessed the injured hiker and administered medication.  She was packaged on a one wheeled rescue litter and transported back to the Cinnamon Creek Trail head to a waiting Big Sky Fire Ambulance.  She was taken to the Big Sky Medical Center.

Later that day, at 10:30 P.M. Sheriff’s Search and Rescue at Big Sky and a Deputy responded to a search at Portal Creek.  A 26-year-old male was 5 hours overdue after becoming separated from the rest of his party following an overnight camping trip.  His experience level and the terrain indicated the need for a search.  He was located by ground rescuers shortly after 1 A.M..  He did not need medical attention but was given water.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin said, “Nature is a funny thing.  Even the most prepared and expert hikers can’t predict getting startled by a fox, twisting wrong and blowing out a hip.  That is an injury that you need help to get out with.  Get out, be healthy and responsibly enjoy great mountain living.  When you do make sure you have the gear and communication that allows us to help you when nature does her thing.  Enjoy the back country with other people when possible, stay together when hiking and carry a means of communication with you.

Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office: Wheeled liter transport of Cinnamon Creek Rescue.

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Prepared Group in Sage Creek Helps Get North Carolina Man to Hospital

(Gallatin County, Mont.)

Monday at 8:30 p.m., a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy received a call via two-way radio from a Gallatin County Search and Rescue volunteer reporting that a member of his horseback group was experiencing stroke like symptoms. The group of nine riders were located  nine miles up the Sage Creek trail and requested a medivac for the 36-year-old male from Sanford, North Carolina.

Due to the remote location as well as information that the male had previously suffered a stroke, the decision was made to launch a helicopter out of Bozeman. Rescuers from  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue in Big Sky and a helicopter from Reach Helicopters responded.

Reach was able to land at a spot located and marked with  GPS by the Search and Rescue volunteer on scene. The medivac team then transported the male to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for evaluation.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to commend the group for being so well prepared for such an event by carrying with them a highly reliable means of communication, survival gear and a GPS. The backcountry in this area is extremely remote and can be unforgiving. Emergency location beacons and GPS’s are invaluable should you or someone you are with become stranded, lost or injured.

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