Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers took an injured hiker out of the Broken Top area by wheeled litter.
w photo courtesy DCSO
Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue volunteers took an injured hiker out of the Broken Top area by wheeled litter. w photo courtesy DCSO
Search and rescue volunteers came to the aid of a 74-year-old hiker who took a bad fall at No Name Lake on Broken Top last weekend.

According to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Mary Ortmann of Surprise, Arizona, fell while descending the trail on Sunday afternoon, August 11, and sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

One Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office deputy was able to make phone contact with a member of Ortmann’s party to monitor Ortmann’s status and help coordinate the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue response. Eighteen DCSO SAR volunteers responded to the scene while Ortmann and her party began a careful descent to help expedite the process of getting Ortmann to medics.

The volunteers met Ortmann part way up the Broken Top trail that leads to No Name Lake at about 5:15 p.m. and treated her on scene. Ortmann was transported via wheeled litter down to the Broken Top trailhead, where she was transferred into a DCSO SAR vehicle and taken down to the Todd Lake trailhead where a Bend Fire and Rescue ambulance was waiting.

Ortmann was transported by Bend Fire to St. Charles Bend via ground ambulance to receive further treatment of her injuries.

DCSO SAR volunteers returned to headquarters at approximately 8 p.m.