Cross Country Skier Rescued at Virginia Meissner

Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office

On 3/5/19 at about 1:47 PM, Deschutes County dispatch received a 911 call from Stewart Allen, who stated he and his wife Susie Allen had been cross-country skiing at Virginia Meissner Snow Park when Susie began experiencing a potentially life-threatening medical issue. Stewart reported that he and Susie were about a mile and a half from the parking lot but could go no further due to Susie’s condition.  

Based on this information, one Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and five Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Volunteers responded to the scene with snowmobiles and SAR’s snow ambulance. SAR Volunteers made contact with Susie at the Meissner Shelter where they first tended to her and then transported her to the parking lot via snow ambulance. Bend Fire then transported Susie from the snow park to St. Charles Bend via ground ambulance for further treatment. An air ambulance was initially contacted for patient transport but was unable to respond due to poor weather conditions.

The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office is a full service agency that oversees the adult jail, provides patrol, criminal investigations, civil process and search and rescue operations. Special units include SWAT, Marine Patrol, ATV Patrol, Forest Patrol, along with four K9 teams. Founded in 1916 and today lead by your duly elected Sheriff L. Shane Nelson, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office serves the nearly 190,000 residents in Deschutes County. The agency has 230 authorized and funded personnel, which includes 187 sworn employees who provide services to the 3,055 square miles of Deschutes County.