Ignoring stay-at-home order, teen falls from Civic Auditorium

CORRECTION: This accident happened at the Redding Civic Auditorium, not Dollar General as previously reported.

REDDING, Calif. — Despite the ongoing statewide COVID-19 related stay-at-home order, a 19-year-old was seriously injured when he fell from a raised section of the Redding Civic Auditorium late last night, Wednesday, April 1. The accident sent the victim to the hospital with facial and other injuries, official radio traffic at the time indicated.


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Redding Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the location around 11:25 p.m., after receiving reports of a person who had fallen from an unspecified raised area of the closed auditorium. The 911 caller reported the fall was accidental, and that he had seen the victim try to “catch himself” as he fell.

Officers were first to arrive less than two minutes after the call was dispatched and an officer reported finding the victim, 19-year-old, Jeremiah Johnson, down on the ground and covered with blood.

As firefighters and paramedics were arriving, an officer updated that the victim had knocked out several teeth and sustained facial and other injuries, but was alert and conscious.

Paramedics who responded to the scene later transported Johnson to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. The full extent of his injuries or current condition were not readily available.


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It was not immediately known why the victim was at the auditorium or what he was doing before he fell.

Contacted for more information about this accident, Redding PD had not responded with further details as of this report.

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Trevor Montgomery, 48, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, (the now defunct) Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County and Mountain Echo in Shasta County.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 29 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 16 grandchildren.