Two airlifted after Temescal Valley off-road accident

TEMESCAL VALLEY — Two people were airlifted off a remote Temescal Valley trail and later transported to an area hospital after an off-road accident involving four people early Sunday morning, Jan. 27. The remote-area rescue happened in the hills above Horsethief Canyon off Bosley Ln., according to fire officials.


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Fifteen firefighters from three engine companies and a truck company were dispatched to the trail around 1:45 a.m., after receiving reports of an accident involving several off-road riders, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire spokesperson Jody Hagemann explained in an incident report. They were assisted by CHP, AMR, and Orange County Fire Authority.

Responding officials eventually located a total of four riders, with two who were injured and required hospitalization, according to Hagemann.

Due to the remote area where the injured riders were found, officials at the scene requested assistance from OCFA’s Copter 1, which responded to the area to perform a technical hoist rescue of the injured riders.

Both victims were subsequently hoisted from the area where the accident happened and AMR medics transported the two riders to an area hospital. Hagemann described their injuries as moderate.

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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 15 – but soon to be 16 – grandchildren.

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