United States Air Force representatives recently recognized the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue Team and US Forest Service rescue climbers for their successful efforts on Oct. 10 to rescue an off-duty USAR officer and pilot on Mt. Shasta.

The rescued pilot, Robert Ohmke, was with companions when he fell and was injured at the 11,000 foot level on Mt. Shasta during a mountain climbing expedition.

Ohmke had to be carried off the mountain by the SAR team and US Forest Service rescue climbers.

The SAR team was presented with a lithograph of the F15C USAF fighter jet and a donation of $1,000.

Rescuers were cited for doing an exceptional job under challenging circumstances.

Bad weather precluded an evacuation from the original site of Ohmke’s injury, so SAR and USFS team members had to transport the injured climber off the mountain to a point on Military Pass Road and US 97 for his medical evacuation.

According to the two lieutenants and Ohmke’s fellow pilots, he was removed from the mountain in a timely fashion by the SAR team and USFS rescue climber, and his medical treatment was successful. Credit was given in part to the local rescuers for his anticipated full recovery. Ohmke is expected to be back in a cockpit again, flying fighter jets.

“Receiving a prestigious lithograph signed by the pilots of Lieutenant Ohmke’s squadron is indeed a distinct honor for our Search and Rescue team members and their counterparts with the USFS rescue climber program,” said Siskiyou County Sheriff Jon Lopey. “The donation was also truly generous and an incredible gift to the SAR program.

“It is always a privilege to support members of the Armed Forces and our SAR team truly did an exceptional job under challenging circumstances on October 10th, which earned them some well-deserved accolades from the Air Force. This was definitely a good ending to this story,” said Lopey.