September 19, 2017
HIGHLAND, Calif – On Thursday, September 14, 23-year-old Trevor Hook of Redlands and a friend set off for a day hike in Morton Canyon near Highland. At some point, Hook and his friend became separated as they hiked down the ridge. Darkness fell and Hook was no longer able to see the trail. As Hook climbed down the canyon, he fell into a drainage. The terrain was steep and he was not able to move without falling further. Hook called 911 and requested assistance.
A San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation helicopter was requested to assist in locating Hook for responding deputies. The crew, Deputy Peppler and Deputy Heard, located Hook and relayed the information to deputies on the ground.
Deputy Franklin responded to the location and began coordinating the rescue effort. He determined a technical rope rescue operation needed to be performed and dispatched several personnel. The team was able to locate Hook and determined the operation would take several hours. Due to the complexity of the operation, and the time required to complete, Deputy Franklin decided a hoist rescue was needed for the safety of personnel involved. Due to the darkness and poor visibility, Deputy Franklin requested a helicopter respond at dawn.
Sheriff’s Air Rescue 06, with Sergeant Gilley, Sergeant Futscher and Flight Nurse Centeno, responded to the location at approximately 7:30 a.m. Centeno was lowered to Hook using the rescue hoist. Hook was placed into a rescue harness and raised into the helicopter, followed by Centeno. Hook was transported a short distance away to Deputy Franklin with non-life-threatening injuries.