Great Day, Nice Hike, Bad Fall


(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. ####

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


(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.  #####

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.