A Placer County sheriff’s off-highway vehicle enforcement operation turned into a rescue effort Saturday when deputies encountered an ill U.S. Forest Service employee.
Sheriff’s deputies were on off-highway vehicle patrol in the backcountry near Foresthill when they stopped at the Duncan Peak fire lookout, where they discovered a Forest Service employee suffering from a medical problem that required immediate attention, according to a Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.
Duncan Peak is about 90 minutes from the nearest medical facility, so deputies began basic medical aid while coordinating a rescue with the California Highway Patrol’s Valley Division Air Operations, the Forest Service and the Foresthill Fire Department.
A CHP helicopter landed at the scene within five minutes and took over medical care. The Forest Service employee was transported to a hospital for treatment and was reported resting at home Monday, according to the Sheriff’s Office.