LA County Sheriff’s Department Admits Eaton Canyon Press Release Errors

A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department press release detailing the Eaton Canyon rescue of an injured woman this week was far from the true story.

Following claims from Pasadena officials that Monday’s Eaton Canyon rescue of an injured woman did not credit the Pasadena Fire Department and misstated that the woman was airlifted, an LASD spokesman admitted Wednesday the Sheriff’s Department made errors, according to the Pasadena Star-News.

The , claims LA County Sheriff’s Department personnel and Altadena Search & Rescue were deployed to the scene and the critically injured hiker was airlifted to a local hospital by a LA County Fire Department helicopter.

Patch ran the release information Monday night shortly before Mike Leum, Assistant Director and Reserve Chief of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue told Patch a different story, and noted the press release was incorrect and the woman was taken by ambulance to a hospital, which Pasadena officials also claim.

"We have so many (sheriff's) stations and an immense jurisdictional (responsibility),” LA County Sheriff's Department spokesman Steve Whitmore told the Star-News, regretting the release. “Things just fall through the cracks."

What do you think about the incorrect press release? Does this make you concerned about LA County Sheriff’s Department operations?

C. Norris November 29, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The main thing is that the victims were rescued and cared for. I can’t count how many times I have heard on the news and in the paper how the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team has been mentioned in the news rescuing people. I can tell you how many times I have seen or read how Pasadena Fire has been the only one rescuing people out of Eaton Canyon. I wonder how many times Pasadena Fire has left out the Sheriff’s dept. and everyone else just to boost their own image?
C. Norris November 29, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I wonder if the fire dept is frantic because a bunch of volunteers do their job well. I love the taxes paid on volunteers vs an agency which pays someone to work 2 days and gets paid for a full week? I think there has been 1 fire in Pasadena area this month? They run medical calls with everyone in the station and end up turining it over to regular ambulance drivers, emt's? Hmmm, gotta love an archaic system which just bleeds money out of everyones pockets. http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=pasadena%20fire%20fighters%20hours&source=web&cd=9&ved=0CGkQFjAI&url=http%3A%2F%2Fcityofpasadena.net%2FWorkArea%2Flinkit.aspx%3FLinkIdentifier%3Did%26ItemID%3D1316&ei=Xe63ULe8HYXbqQGj94GgAg&usg=AFQjCNHzIfrkCL9eaIu3ribQfEAwDTOfGQ
Whole Bean November 29, 2012 at 11:48 PM
The Los Angeles Sheriff's Altadena Search and Rescue Team is true asset to our community. It's just amazing to me that Pasadena Fire would be so petty as to want credit for a rescue and then pick apart a press release about how the person was transported. Sounds like ego and money to me. Those volunteers are not paid a dime and are skilled rescuers.
Saundra Parker November 30, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Yea Bean, I concur.
Dottie Burns November 30, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I don't care which one rescued the two, I'll bet they were both involved in the rescue. Personally it cost more to deploy the rescue helicopter than an ambulance. I really think the two women need their heads examined for trying to climb to the second falls and especially that late in the afternoon. After all, it gets dark at 5 now.


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