Dunsmuir fall victim rescued after Hedge Creek Falls accident

DUNSMUIR, Calif. — Several fire and rescue agencies came together to conduct a remote area rescue after a man suffered multiple injuries following a fall at Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir Sunday, April 11.

Hedge Creek Falls is located in the Shasta Cascade area just west of Interstate 5, about 55 miles north of Redding. The falls’ close proximity to the nearby interstate makes it a popular stopping point for passing motorists.

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Dunsmuir-Castella Fire Department and other emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene after receiving reports of a person injured at the bottom of the falls. 

With assistance from Mt. Shasta Fire Department, fire and rescue personnel hiked to the base of the falls where they found the victim, who had suffered “injuries to multiple areas,” a Mt. Shasta Fire Department representative told SCNS this morning.

Fire and rescue personnel are seen wheeling the victim of a fall from the base of Hedge Creek Falls in Dunsmuir yesterday. Mt. Shasta Fire Department photos

Although it was not immediately clear what led to the victim’s injuries, the fire official explained, “It was a slip and fall, pretty far, but I am uncertain about the height.”

The victim was extricated from the bottom of the falls and carried to the top via a wheeled Stokes basket, officials later reported.

Once at the top of the falls, the victim was evaluated and treated for his multiple injuries, but declined further medical treatment and was not transported.

No firefighters or other personnel were injured as a result of the rescue.



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Trevor Montgomery, 49, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

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 30 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 18 grandchildren.

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