CITY OF SHASTA LAKE: Lost boys get a little help from above

CITY OF SHASTA LAKE — Two young boys who got lost while riding their bicycles on trails in the Shasta Lake City area got a helping hand from above – in the form of a CHP aviation crew that spotted them and helped guide ground deputies to where they were. Neither boy was injured and both made it home safely after the incident.

CHP’s H-16 locates two missing boys, who became lost while riding on trails near City of Shasta Lake. From CHP NorthernAirOps video

Shasta County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the City of Shasta Lake were dispatched to the area around 6 p.m., after the boys became lost and used a cell phone to call 911 and ask for help.

Because of the time of evening and growing darkness, deputies requested assistance from CHP’s Aviation Unit. CHP’s H-16, which was already in the area, responded to assist with searching from overhead.

When they arrived in the area shortly after 6:15 p.m., aviation members used a FLIR device to quickly locate the heat-signatures put off by the boys in spite of the darkness. After spotting the bicyclists, officials instructed them to stay where they were so the aviation spotter could guide ground deputies in to their location.

Aviation members soon guided a deputy to where the boys waited and the deputy helped lead the cold, but otherwise uninjured pair back to the safety and relief of their waiting family members.

CHP NorthernAirOps video


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Trevor Montgomery, who recently moved from Riverside County to Shasta County, runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, The Valley Chronicle and Anza Valley Outlook as well as Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego 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.

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 27 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 14 grandchildren.

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