Owner of Pit Bills Charged

The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office issued citations to Wayne Bartlett, the owner of the two pit bull dogs that were responsible for the death of Melissa Barnes at her residence on June 24, 2017.  Mr. Bartlett is charged with two counts of Vicious / Dangerous Dog, pursuant to Gallatin County Ordinance 2003-01-5, and two counts of failure to have current Rabies Vaccinations on the dogs as required, pursuant to Gallatin County Ordinance 2003-01-08.

Mr. Bartlett was given until July 28th, 2017, to make his appearance in Gallatin County Justice Court to answer to these charges.

The dogs involved in this attack were euthanized on June 26, 2017. The dogs both tested negative for rabies at the Montana State University Veterinary Laboratory.

The rabies test results allowed the victim’s family members to donate organs for transplant.

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Fall from Ross Peak Sends Search and Rescue into Action


(Gallatin County, Mont.)
A fall on Ross Peak North of Bozeman sent Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers and Deputies into action Tuesday afternoon about 3:00 P.M.   Rescuers were dispatched to the area for a report of a male who had taken a fall while climbing. He injured his head and was unconscious.

Members of the Gallatin County Search and Rescue Posse headed to the scene immediately and began reaching the area with a ground crew. Members of the Heli Team inserted a small crew and short hauled (attached to a litter on a rope under the helicopter) the 18 year-old Bozeman resident to a waiting air ambulance from Air Idaho.

The male had regained consciousness and most levels of awareness. He was flown to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital where he is being treated for severe head trauma.

The man stated that he hiked up the trail toward Ross Peak. He and his brother then scrambled over rock in hopes of reaching the summit. The male stated that a hand hold broke and we went tumbling downhill.

This rescue was completed in a remarkablly short time of about two and a half hours – from the time of the report to the time the male reached definitive healthcare. This is all due to the skill and dedication of all involved: The GCSO Posse, Heli, and Ham Radio teams, and the support of Air Idaho.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind all outdoor enthusiasts that accidents in the backcountry can be complex and time consuming. Not all rescues are handled this quickly. The outcome of this incident could have been a lot different.

Photos courtesy of Sheriff’s Office

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Yellow Mule Trail Rescue

Also on July 8, 2017 a Gallatin County Sheriff’s Deputy, Big Sky Fire Department, and members of Big Sky Search and Rescue responded to a report of an injured person at the Yellow Mule Trail. A 29-year-old female had suffered a sprained ankle after slipping into the West Fork of the Gallatin River. The woman was with a friend taking photographs when she slipped on a rock and fell into the river. This current swept the woman downstream and onto the opposing shore, which happen to be a cliff face. Her friend was able to contact emergency services on her cell phone.

Five Big Sky Search and Rescue members hiked to the patient and were able to assist the woman across the river. Search and Rescue members used a utility side-by-side to transport the woman to the Big Sky Fire Department ambulance at Ousel Falls Park. The woman was then transported to the Big Sky Medical Center. 

Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind people that even on well-maintained trails, accidents can and do occur. By having a means of communication with you, hikers can prevent a situation from deteriorating from a simple injury to a tragic event.

 

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Brackett Creek Rescue

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, at approximately 10:45 AM, the Gallatin County 911 Center received a call from International Emergency Response, a spot beacon service, regarding an injured female who was horseback.  The caller from emergency response provided a latitude and longitude coordinates, (which placed the patient in Bridger Canyon near Brackett Creek), the patient’s name and age (64 years old), and the patient’s medical issues.  The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, American Medical Response, and a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy were dispatched. The Search and Rescue Posse responded to the scene with AMR. HAM radio operators determined that, according to the coordinates given, the patient was approximately 2.5 miles from Bridger Canyon Road.

GCSAR Posse crew members drove a truck towards the patient’s coordinates using a vehicle trail.  They met another truck on the trail in which the patient was riding.  The patient was transferred to the GCSAR truck and was checked by an EMT while being driven to the parking area.  Upon arrival, the patient was checked by ambulance crew.  Initial assessment showed that she suffered a dislocated finger, an injury to her leg, and abrasions to her arm and leg.   Patient was transported to her vehicle at Bridger Bowl at her request, where she met with her husband for transport to the hospital for further evaluation.

According to the patient’s husband, the patient was participating in the Back Country Horsemen’s annual poker ride.  She had dismounted to lead the horse across some water when the incident occurred.  She slipped and fell under the horse, which spooked and landed on her and caused her injuries.  She activated her spot beacon when she concluded she was too injured to continue the ride.

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From Bridger to space to 911


(Gallatin County, Mont.)On Saturday, July 8, 2017, at approximately 10:45 AM, the Gallatin County 911 Center received a call from International Emergency Response, a spot beacon service, regarding an injured female who was horseback. The caller from emergency response provided a latitude and longitude coordinates, (which placed the patient in Bridger Canyon near Brackett Creek), the patient’s name and age (64 years old), and the patient’s medical issues. The Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team, American Medical Response, and a Gallatin County Sheriff’s deputy were dispatched. The Search and Rescue Posse responded to the scene with AMR. HAM radio operators determined that, according to the coordinates given, the patient was approximately 2.5 miles from Bridger Canyon Road.

GCSAR Posse crew members drove a truck towards the patient’s coordinates using a vehicle trail. They met another truck on the trail in which the patient was riding. The patient was transferred to the GCSAR truck and was checked by an EMT while being driven to the parking area. Upon arrival, the patient was checked by ambulance crew. Initial assessment showed that she suffered a dislocated finger, an injury to her leg, and abrasions to her arm and leg. Patient was transported to her vehicle at Bridger Bowl at her request, where she met with her husband for transport to the hospital for further evaluation.

According to the patient’s husband, the patient was participating in the Back Country Horsemen’s annual poker ride. She had dismounted to lead the horse across some water when the incident occurred. She slipped and fell under the horse, which spooked and landed on her and caused her injuries. She activated her spot beacon when she concluded she was too injured to continue the ride. 

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Spanish Peak Rescue

On July 6, 2017 at approximately, 12:30 PM, the Gallatin County 911 Center received a call about an injured mountain biker.  A 34 year-old male from Los Angeles, CA had crashed and fallen off his mountain bike while biking on the trails near Spanish Peaks in Big Sky.   The Big Sky division of Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team,  Big Sky Fire Department & EMS, and Gallatin County Sheriff deputies were dispatched and responded to the area. The caller reported that the patient was approximately one mile up the trail.

Big Sky EMS crew members hiked up to the patient prior to Search and Rescue’s arrival for patient assessment and initial treatment . Personnel from the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team hiked to the patient with a one wheeled liter. The patient was found to have shoulder, chest, and rib injuries. The patient was packaged in the one wheeled liter and brought to the trailhead by SAR and EMS members, where a Big Sky Fire Department Ambulance was waiting.

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind everyone to enjoy the county’s great backcountry and extensive trail system, but please remember to be safe and be prepared.  Accidents can happen quickly and be severe; so always have a reliable form of communication, travel with a friend when possible, and let others know when and where you will be recreating.

 

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Lava Lake Rescue

On Thursday, July 6th, 2017, Gallatin County Sheriff Deputies, Paramedics with Big Sky Fire Department, and members of the Gallatin County Search and Rescue responded to a backcountry rescue at Lava Lake Trail.  A 17-year-old male had suffered an allergic reaction to an insect bite and had difficulty breathing.  Fellow hikers coming down from Lava Lake stopped and checked on the young man.  The hikers quickly went down the mountain and contacted emergency services.

Search and Rescue members and a paramedic with Big Sky Fire Department hiked to the patient and walked with him to the trailhead.  A waiting medical staff evaluated him and the patient later went to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Sheriff Brian Gootkin would like to remind backcountry hikers to use caution when in the backcountry.  Tell people where you are going and when to expect you back.  Enjoy the backcountry with other people when possible and carry a means of communication with you.

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“M” Rescue

On Tuesday, July 4th, 2017, the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office, Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, an American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance, and Bridger Canyon Fire responded to the area of the “M” for a backcountry rescue.

A 36-year-old man suffered a heat related injury near the “M” after hiking the Ridge Trail from Fairy Lake.  The man had run out of water during the hike and eventually collapsed.  The other hikers in his group could not get him back on his feet.  Rescuers hiked to the man and provided first aid, then transported him down the mountain on a specialized wheeled litter.   AMR transported the man to Bozeman Health Hospital.

Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind those heading out to enjoy the backcountry to plan for any environmental conditions they are likely to encounter.  Bring appropriate supplies and clothing, and always be prepared to stay the night wherever you may go.

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SAR Volunteers Always Working

(Gallatin County, Mont.) Monday was a typical start of summer day.  Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Volunteers from all over Gallatin County going about their business, working or getting ready for a family day on the 4th.   At 6:03 P.M.  pagers go off for a rescue on the Castle Rock Trail just inside the Gallatin Canyon: a 29 year old man from Tennessee has collapsed on the trail.  Search and Rescue Deputies were the first to respond.  They are typically on duty and have skills to gather information, coordinate resources and direct the volunteers.  In this case the emergency was in an area where both responders from the Big Sky Division of Gallatin County Search and Rescue and the Valley Division were sent on the call, setting up a race of sorts where the patient is the winner.  Communications in that area of the county are poor and the Deputies have their hands full trying to gather information and communicate direction.  Rescuers from the Gateway Fire Dept. and AMR Ambulance arrive first and started up the trail.  The patient was stable but needed a ride down the trail and a trip to the hospital.  Now all they wait for is a wheeled litter, a kind of super stretcher with one big wheel designed for trail use.  There are several wheeled litters in the county but they are on trucks coming from the Fairgrounds and Big Sky.

Along comes Taylor Green, a young, fit, back country savvy veteran of SAR who owns Square One Welding & Fabrication at Four Corners.  For months now he has not been satisfied with the weight and stability of the wheeled litters used by SAR.  In his spare time he has been designing, engineering and fabricating a better one in his shop.   It just so happens his prototype was in his truck and he was closer than the Rescuers coming from Big Sky and the Valley.  Up the trail he and a couple other SAR volunteers go.  Light, easy to handle and suited for the trail, the new litter goes along on it’s first real deployment.  A little while later the Rescuers, patient and litter emerge from the trees.  The rescuers are smiling and so is the patient.

SAR Volunteers Taylor Green and Chuck Swenson

Sheriff Gootkin said, “I am always proud and amazed at the skills our volunteers are willing to share with this community.   From world class rescue and search skills to the constant desire to do better for our citizens and visitors.  We are so fortunate to have such a diverse and skilled team.  It doesn’t matter what the problem is there is someone in SAR that is an expert.  These people dedicate their time and skill to support the outdoor lifestyle this community values.”  Gallatin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to 134 incidents in 2016.  66% of those rescued were Gallatin County Residents.  #####

 

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Gallatin County Search and Rescue

A busy week in Gallatin County.

At approximately 9:15 pm, Gallatin County Dispatch received a report of a 19-year-old female about to have a seizure on the steep trail to the “M.”  The female, who was with a friend, lost consciousness while sheriff’s deputies, an American Medical Response (AMR) ambulance, Bridger Canyon Fire, and Sheriff’s Search and Rescue responded to the scene.  Rescuers hiked to the still unconscious female and provided first aid.  Rescuers then transported the female back to the parking lot with a specialized wheeled backcountry rescue litter.  The female, who had eventually regained consciousness, lost consciousness again during the transport back to the parking lot.  AMR transported her to Bozeman Health Hospital.

On Sunday, June 25,  the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue teams rescued a family of rafters who ran into trouble on the Gallatin River near Gallatin Gateway.  On Monday, rescuers responded to a female that needed evacuation after being kicked by a horse in the Spanish Peaks Wilderness.

On Tuesday, June 27, search and rescue members participated in an approximately six-hour long search for a reported missing person at the Sourdough Canyon Trailhead.

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