Victim airlifted from Wildomar’s Skid Marks Trail after suffering moderate injuries

WILDOMAR, Calif., — Authorities say a person who was injured on a rural mountain trail in the Wildomar hills west of Lake Elsinore was airlifted after an unspecified medical emergency yesterday morning, Sunday, Jan. 2.


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Cal Fire – Riverside, along with deputies from the Lake Elsinore Sheriff’s Station and AMR paramedics were alerted to the crisis on the Skid Marks Trail shortly before 11 a.m., Cal Fire has since said of the remote area rescue.

A man who was airlifted from the Skid Marks Trail in the Wildomar hills west of Lake Elsinore is seen being transferred from a Sheriff’s helicopter to a waiting AMR ambulance yesterday morning. Rivco News photos

Due to the remote area where the victim was located, a Sheriff’s Aviation Crew was launched to the scene and deputies performed a technical hoist rescue before ferrying the victim down the mountain to a waiting ambulance.

The victim was then transported by ground ambulance to an area hospital for further treatment of injuries that Cal Fire described as moderate.

No information as to how the victim was injured was immediately available.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, 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.