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Friday July 29th, 2022 :: 12:06 p.m. PDT


Sheriff's Aviation Assists Fire Department in Hoist Rescue of Woman who Fell 50' at Big Falls

DATE/TIME: Thursday, July 28, 2022 / 2:25 p.m.

INCIDENT: Hoist Rescue

LOCATION: Big Falls, Forest Falls, Ca.


VICTIM(S): Erika Dahlberg, 46-years-old, Resident of Calimesa                                          

SUMMARY: On Thursday, July 28, 2022, Erika Dahlberg went hiking at Big Falls. While she was hiking in the area of the waterfalls, she lost her footing and fell approximately 50 feet. Due to the remote location and terrain in the area, San Bernardino County Fire requested assistance from Sheriff's Aviation. San Bernardino County Fire along with Sheriff's Rescue Helicopter, Air Rescue 306 (AR306), responded to the area. 

Personnel from San Bernardino County Fire arrived and began hiking to the falls to make contact with Dahlberg. Medics located her and advised the crew of AR306, a hoist rescue was necessary due to the location and victim injuries. AR306 arrived and hoisted a San Bernardino County Fire paramedic with a rescue litter down to Dahlberg. The medics secured her in to the rescue litter, hoisted her up to the helicopter, followed by the paramedic. Dahlberg was flown to a local trauma center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.   

Air Rescue 306 Crew:
Pilot Corporal Ryan Peppler 
Crew Chief Deputy Tommy Dickey
SBCFD Captain Jay Hausman 
SBCFD Engineer Mike Demoff           

Refer: Ryan Peppler, Corporal 

Station: Emergency Operations Division - Aviation Unit 

Phone No. (909)252-4100

Case No. BDC 22-186573

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Headquarters
655 E 3rd St
San Bernardino, CA 92408

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 909-387-3700

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