Lt. Erik Utter, Deputy Deke DeMars and Deputy Chris Jones, left to right, of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office are to receive the Award of Valor from the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association for their efforts at a shooting on Burgess Road in La Pine in April.
Lt. Erik Utter, Deputy Deke DeMars and Deputy Chris Jones, left to right, of the Deschutes County Sheriff,s Office are to receive the Award of Valor from the Oregon State Sheriffs, Association for their efforts at a shooting on Burgess Road in La Pine in April.
Deschutes County Sheriff,s Deputy Deke DeMars knew exactly where he was going last April when he heard the report of shots fired at a La Pine home.
,d been there before, as had other deputies, usually for domestic disputes.
Lt. Erik Utter didn,t know much at all about the home, or its residents.
He was only in La Pine to cover for another deputy, who,d headed into Bend to take a man to jail.
But long before any of those details were known, DeMars
, Utter and Jones made the decision to enter the home, a decision credited with saving the life of 39-year-old Maryann Lynn Hilton.
was first on the scene at the home on Burgess Road on April 3.
drove up, he
noticed the porch lights from the house next door were blinking on and off.
One of the victims had escaped the house where he
was shot and gone next door, collapsing on the front porch, where the homeowner was trying to signal police.
,I just tried to keep him stabilized and get the information out to the rest of these guys and the medics, to get down there and know exactly where I was and get this guy taken care of,, DeMars said. ,That was my first initial thought; I had this one person, and I had to take it one step at a time.,
Utter arrived next.
Not knowing if the shooter was alive or dead, inside or outside, Utter provided cover to protect DeMars
Calling on DeMars
, knowledge of the layout of the house, the three men went through the front door.
and Jones held the living room and front bedrooms while Utter checked the kitchen and garage.
Jones then went around the back of the house while Utter and DeMars
cleared the remaining bedrooms, finding Hilton and Dennis in the far back bedroom.
Dennis was confirmed dead, and Utter and DeMars
began first aid on Hilton, who was gravely injured.
Sheriff Blanton said the entire county should be proud of the actions of DeMars, Utter and Jones.