The Oregon Seal Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife mobile
  
ignore
 » ODFW Home    » ODFW News Releases
ignore
ignore
ignore
About Us Fishing Hunting Viewing License/Regs Conservation Living With Wildlife Education
ignore
ignore
Elk ODFW RESOURCES
News Releases
ignore

Two ODFW employees injured in helicopter accident

October 28, 2013

ROSEBURG, Ore.—Two ODFW employees were injured today when the helicopter they were riding in crashed in the South Umpqua River. The biologists were conducting fall chinook spawning surveys.

Holly Huchko, 34, suffered a broken back. Huchko is an assistant district fisheries biologist and has been with the department 10 years. Eric Himmelreich, 35, broke two vertebrae in the crash. He has been with ODFW as a fisheries habitat biologist for just over one year. Both biologists work out of the Roseburg office for the Umpqua Fish District.

The helicopter pilot was air lifted to a Eugene hospital. His condition is not known.

Both Huchko and Himmelreich remain hospitalized this evening, where they are with family members and ODFW friends. “Our thoughts are with Holly, Eric, the pilot and their families tonight,” said Larry Cooper, SW Region Manager.

Biologists conduct several spawning ground surveys a year in the South Umpqua River.

   

Contact:

Meghan Dugan
Public Information Officer
ODFW, Southwest Region
Tel. 541-440-3353  
Cell 541-817-2962  

 
facebook twitter youtube rss feed
ignore
ignore  
 


About Us | Fishing | Hunting | Wildlife Viewing | License / Regs | Conservation | Living with Wildlife | ODFW Outdoors

ODFW Home | Driving Directions | Employee Directory | Social Media | Oregon.gov | File Formats

4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE   ::   Salem, OR 97302   ::    Main Phone (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW [6339]

Do you have a question or comment for ODFW? Contact ODFW's Public Service Representative at: odfw.info@state.or.us
Do you want to enter your opinion about a specific issue into the public record? Contact
: odfw.comments@state.or.us





   © ODFW. All rights reserved. This page was last updated: 10/29/2013 10:41 AM