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Making A Difference -- 9-1-1 Dispatcher Assisted CPR Continues During Pandemic (Photo) - 05/22/20

9-1-1 Dispatchers are known as America’s first, first responders – and the American Heart Association (AHA) has recognized the difference a dispatcher can make during a cardiac arrest event. According to the AHA, each year an estimated 350,000 sudden cardiac arrest events occur in the United States outside of a hospital environment. Almost all of these events result in a call for help to 9-1-1.

Telecommunicators are a critical link in the cardiac arrest chain of survival. In fact, the AHA issued a performance recommendation that calls for the first dispatcher-assisted chest compression to occur less than 120 seconds from the time the address is acquired and verified during a 9-1-1 call.
Through focused training and continuing education, Yamhill Communications Agency (YCOM) has been reinforcing critical time windows for CPR saves with dispatch staff – and early data shows it’s paying off.

In 2019, as an organization YCOM averaged 125 seconds to get hands-on-chest during applicable medical calls. In the first quarter of 2020, data shows the time-frame dropped to an average 98 seconds – and in March, Emergency Communications Specialist Kara Garcia had her caller performing CPR within a whopping 58 seconds into the call for help. She was recognized for her outstanding performance last month during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

YCOM’s Medical Director, Dr. John Heiser has always been a proponent of community education for AHA’s Hands-Only CPR and the American College of Surgeons Stop the Bleed campaign. Dispatcher assistance and bystander intervention directly impact the outcomes and survival rates of pre-hospital emergencies. Situations like the COVID-19 pandemic can lead to hesitation for bystanders to intervene. YCOM’s CPR instruction used to include advising the caller to provide rescue breaths. Under Dr. Heiser’s guidance, the organization has switched to Hands-Only CPR instruction. Callers are not asked to breathe for persons in cardiac arrest - but continue to receive help while performing chest compressions. “I cannot express how important these programs are. We have to figure out how to safely continue them in a COVID era. It’s more complicated, but we can do it together” said Heiser.

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Yamhill Man Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges (Photo) - 05/12/20


On May 4th, shortly after 5:00 a.m., Yamhill County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a sexual assault that had just occurred in rural Yamhill.  After the scene was secured, detectives from the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit responded and assisted with the investigation.  The suspect was not present at the location and had left prior to law enforcement arriving.

The victim reported that a subject known to her entered her bedroom through an exterior wall window and attacked her on her bed.  The victim stated that the suspect held her down and sexually assaulted her. 

The victim and multiple witnesses identified the suspect as 23-year-old Dylan Thomas Sanchez of Cove Orchard Road in rural Yamhill.  They advised other residents in the house had allowed Sanchez to sleep on the couch due to his intoxication level.

Based on statements and forensic evidence at the scene, Sanchez was taken into custody yesterday, at approximately 2:30 p.m., after being located at a relative’s house in the City of Willamina.  He was transported to the Yamhill County Correctional Facility where he was lodged on charges of Rape in the First Degree, Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and Unlawful Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.  His bail is currently set at $150,000.

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Theft Suspect Located and Arrested By Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Day After Pursuit (Photo) - 05/08/20

Yesterday, May 7th, at about 7:20 a.m., Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a theft in progress in the 11000 block of SE Airport Road in rural McMinnville.  It was reported that a male in a gray Chevrolet Tahoe had fled from the caller’s property after attempting to steal gasoline.  A similar theft had occurred in late April and was still under investigation by Yamhill County deputies.

When deputies arrived, they located the suspect trying to conceal his vehicle in a nearby tree grove.  The suspect evaded deputies and drove through a field.  A vehicle pursuit ensued, and deputies chased the suspect through several properties and fields in the area. 

The Chevrolet Tahoe eventually became disabled in a field and the suspect ran from the area.  Deputies were assisted by units from several local agencies.  A ground search was conducted, including the use of a McMinnville PD K-9 and a Polk County Sheriff’s Office drone, but the search was unsuccessful.   The driver was identified through evidence at the scene and from surveillance images as James Dale Dunwoody, 47, of McMinnville.

At about 9:00 a.m. today, Dunwoody was spotted by a citizen near SE Nehemiah Lane.  YCSO deputies and officers from the McMinnville Police Department responded and Dunwoody was taken into custody after deputies gave commands and displayed a Taser.   Deputies utilized a rescue rope to assist Dunwoody out of a ravine.  He was taken to Willamette Valley Medical Center where he was evaluated for his overnight exposure to the elements.  He was cleared and released.  

Dunwoody is being lodged in the Yamhill County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude a Police Officer, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering, Criminal Mischief 1 (five counts), Criminal Mischief II and Theft II. Bail will be set at $62,500.

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office wishes to thank the McMinnville Police Department, the Oregon State Police, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and the Yamhill Police Department for their assistance in this case.

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Yamhill County Sheriff's Office Responds to Shooting in Rural Gaston (Photo) - 05/02/20

On Friday, May 1st, at around 9:20 p.m. Yamhill County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a shooting at 2300 NW Country Lane in rural Gaston.  A resident of that address, 34 year old Joshua Dustin Reynolds, called 911 to report he had just shot someone at that location.  He secured his firearm and waited for law enforcement to respond.  

The male who had been shot fled the scene and was transported by private vehicle into the City of Gaston. He was identified as 41 year old Robert James Terry, also of  rural Gaston. Terry was shot one time and eventually transported via Life Flight to Portland's Emanuel Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

At this time the investigation is being handled by the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office and is ongoing.  It appears that Reynolds and Terry are known to each other and there is no danger to the public.  No arrests have been made and no further information will be released at this time. 

The Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office expresses their appreciation for the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Yamhill Police Department, the Forest Grove Police Department and the Oregon State Police.