Teen suffers “partial amputation,” airlifted from Camp Ronald McDonald for cancer victims

MOUNTAIN CENTER — A teen suffered a partial amputation in an accident involving a log splitter at Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times in Mountain Center, Saturday afternoon, Sept. 22.

The campground, which provides cost-free, medically supervised programs to children with cancer and their family members, is east of Hwy. 74 – between Hurkey Creek Park and Apple Canyon Campground – at 56000 block Apple Canyon Road.


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Cal Fire/Riverside County fire and other emergency personnel responded to the campground around 3:40 p.m., after receiving reports of a teen who suffered a “partial amputation of an upper extremity,” Cal Fire spokesperson April Newman later explained in an incident report.

The victim was eventually airlifted from the campground about an hour after the accident was reported.

Officials have not specified if the partial amputation was related to an arm, hand, or finger and it was not immediately known if the accident involved a cancer patient or a family member.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cause of the accident and their investigation is ongoing.


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Trevor Montgomery, 47, recently moved to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source and Shasta County News Source. Additionally, he writes for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers, Valley News, The Valley Chronicle, and Anza Valley Outlook; 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 28 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 14 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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