Kirkwood Trail Rescue

(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On October 27, 2016 at 12:30 p.m., West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch center received a 911 call from a hunting guide reporting that one of his hunters had sustained a compound fracture of his leg after being kicked by a horse. The incident took place on the Kirkwood Trail approximately seven miles from the trailhead, which is about sixteen miles northwest of the town of West Yellowstone. The injured party was a 49-year-old male from South Dakota who was on a guided hunt with friends.

Due to the recent large rain showers, the resulting muddy trails, and accessibility to the area only by hiking or horseback; Gallatin County Search & Rescue personnel made the decision to launch a helicopter from Air Idaho to retrieve the injured hunter.

The Air Idaho helicopter was able to land safely at the scene, package the injured hunter, and transport him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for medical evaluation.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind hunters that the outdoors we enjoy can quickly become a dangerous arena, particularly if you are unprepared. Make sure you have proper survival gear, clothing, food, water and first aid gear. Traveling with a group can also be extremely beneficial as an injury such as this can be immediately and completely debilitating. The hunting party in this case had multiple means of communication, emergency equipment, gear to survive in the wilderness for days, and the ability to provide rescuers with exact GPS coordinates.

Hunter Injured North of West Yellowstone (not by a bear)

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(West Yellowstone, Mont.) On October 26, 2016 at 12:04 p.m., West Yellowstone Police Department Dispatch received a 911 call from a hunting guide reporting that one of his hunters had sustained a back injury while riding a horse on the Cub Creek trail. The injured party, a 55 year old male from upstate New York, was unable to stand up due to the injury and was requesting assistance in getting out.

Due to the recent large rain showers and the resulting muddy trails, the decision was made to launch a helicopter from Air Idaho to retrieve the injured hunter.

The Air Idaho helicopter was able to land safely at the scene, package the injured hunter, and transport him to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital for medical evaluation.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind hunters that the outdoors we enjoy can quickly become a dangerous arena, particularly if you are unprepared. Make sure you have proper survival gear, clothing, food, water and first aid gear. Traveling with a group can also be extremely beneficial as an injury such as this can be immediately and completely debilitating.

Texas Man Found After Becoming Lost East of Bozeman

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On Monday at 10:00 P.M. the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a lost hunter in the New World Gulch area of Bear Canyon. A 73-year-old Texas man had been hunting in the area with a number of friends and had not returned to the camp after dark.

Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Teams including Deputies, the Posse, K9, Heli-Alpine and HAMs were dispatched for the search.  The REACH medical helicopter was also requested to search the area with night vision goggles.  At about midnight, REACH Air reported seeing a man just off the trail waving a flashlight in strobe mode.  At 01:26, ground teams reached the man who was uninjured and in good spirits but very lost.  Ground teams escorted the man back to his hunting camp.  #####

Cobblestone Incident Update

 

 At approximately 1:45 am this morning, after a lengthy standoff, the Gallatin/Bozeman Special Response Team unfortunately discovered a deceased male at 114 Gemstone west of Belgrade.  The gunshot wound appeared to be self -inflicted.

  Due to the death occurring while in the custody of the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, we have requested the Montana Department of Criminal Investigations to investigate the incident and the Park County Coroner’s Office to investigate the death.

  Sheriff Gootkin will be available for questions after 11:00 am today.

Cobble Stone Incident 

 (Gallatin County, Mont.) Deputies with the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Bozeman Police Department are currently attempting to negotiate with a 31 year old male subject who has threatened to harm himself and others. This incident began mid morning today in the Cobble Stone subdivision west of Belgrade. Some families have been asked to stay away from their residences until the situation has been resolved. As the situation changes the media will be notified.Residents in the area are asked to be patient and their cooperation is greatly appreciated!

One Vehicle Roll Over on Trail Creek Road

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A one vehicle roll over accident on Trail Creek Road at 0212 Sunday morning resulted in a call out of Fort Ellis Fire Rescue assisted by Bozeman Fire Medic One and Reach Air Medical Services.  The northbound vehicle traveling at high speed left the road and rolled down a steep embankment to land upside down, partially submerged in Meadow Creek.  Two occupants self extricated with minor injuries but one was trapped in the car.  Fort Ellis firefighters deployed battery operated jaws-of-life tools to gain access to the vehicle and after extricating the patient, used low angle rescue rope techniques to haul the patient to the roadway.  Medic One paramedics assisted with patient care and evaluation and who was then flown to Bozeman Hospital by Reach Air Medical Services.

Fort Ellis Chief Mike Cech thanks the Bozeman Fire Department, Reach Air Medical Services, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office and the Montana Highway Patrol for their assistance and reminds travelers that they and their families should wear seat belts at all times.  In this case, the patient may not have been wearing a seat belt which contributed to injuries.

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Drinking Horse Trail Kid Rescue. 


On October 18, 2016 around noon 911 Dispatch received a call from a school chaperone on the Drinking Horse Trail. She reported that one of her students was vomiting and passed out. The ten-year-old boy from Bozeman regained consciousness but needed help down.Members from  Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Bridger Canyon Fire and AMR responded to the scene. They reached the boy quickly and were able to walk him out. The boy’s mother informed the deputy on scene that he had flu-like symptoms for a week or so, and his condition is probably a result of that. She transported the boy to a doctor. 

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind hikers to be prepared before heading out to the backcountry. This means making sure you are in good health. Sheriff Gootkin would also like to thank the committed volunteers that make up the Gallatin County Search and Rescue. Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Office. 

Two Fatalities Reported Saturday Identified 

On Saturday, October 8th 2016 at approximately 1150 am, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office responded to an unattended death at in the area of Sitting Bull Road, Big Sky, MT. The decedent was identified as 26-year old-Christopher Jones. Gallatin County Deputy Coroners are investigating the cause of death.
On Saturday, October 8, 2016, just after 5:00 PM, a head-on collision involving two passenger vehicles and one semi was reported in the eastbound lane of I-90 at milepost 296.  Emergency services determined that there was one victim that did not survive the crash, and three victims were transported to the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

The Montana Highway Patrol, assisted by Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating the crash. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Coroners are investigating the death as it relates to the decedent’s placement in the vehicle.

The deceased has been identified as 40-year-old Sarah Wixston of Butte, Montana.