News short: Rescuing the rescuers when a deputy’s truck gets stuck

A Washington County Sheriff's deputy got his patrol truck stuck while responding to a call in the Desert Reserve, Washington County, Utah, Oct. 11, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff Search and Rescue, St. George News

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy found himself in a precarious situation Sunday afternoon when he was responding to a call in the Desert Reserve and got stuck himself.

The sheriff’s deputy was checking on a reported abandoned vehicle in the desert, according to a Washington County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Facebook post.

“Abandoned vehicle in the desert could indicate a missing or injured person,” the post stated, “which could indicate the need for a search for a possible endangered person.”

The Search and Rescue team responded to the scene to rescue the deputy, as well as his patrol truck, towing the Ford truck to safety.

In good humor, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office posted on its Facebook page:

Sometimes even we need to get rescued by Search and Rescue, though it is not as often as they like to let on.

While some people commenting on the post were cracking jokes, others expressed their appreciation.

Alan Erickson posted: “Thank you for showing the real and human side of what you all do. You’re good people.”

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  • Missy October 13, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    LOL!! This is PRICELESS!! What a good sport.

  • fun bag October 13, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    would he be doing such idiotic things had he been in a truck he paid for?

    • Brian October 13, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      I’ve done way worse than that in many different vehicles I’ve paid for (including cars). That’s part of life and well within the scope of his job. It’s not like he was out joy riding. If me or my family is ever out in the desert stranded, I want an officer to come that isn’t afraid of a little sand or rocks.

    • Terry October 14, 2015 at 8:50 am

      oh shut up! funbug!~

  • JOSH DALTON October 13, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I would expect nothing less from a Ford and a Ford operator. GO FALCONS!

  • .... October 13, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    Well at least it wasn’t a. ( R.O.W.T.).. rollover while texting

  • debbie October 13, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    srrsly, the reason name calling is called abuse, i.e. “idiot” etc, is that is invades a persons brain.. yes, our brain files everything we hear and store it accordingly to its purposes.. the brain actually stores “idiot” under “who i am”… this is what causes low self esteem in ppl who are often called names and are abused. just wanted to share this to a previous commentator.

    • NotSoFast October 14, 2015 at 7:34 am

      Take a nap Debbie

      • .... October 14, 2015 at 11:00 pm

        Yeah take a lonnnnnng nap…. Geez

    • Mike October 15, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Debbie, what ever happened to “Sticks and stone will break my bones, but names will never hurt me”? Being called an idiot does not define who I am. It defines the person saying it. Believe whatever study you want, but consider the strength gained by resisting the “invasion” into your brain.

  • htown October 16, 2015 at 11:17 am

    The seeing eye dog should have noticed the 4 foot deep ditch.

    Did the abandoned vehicle get rescued, or was there really one in the ravine?

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