Rafting accident kills off-duty deputy in eastern Oregon

June 6, 2021 GMT

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — An eastern Oregon law enforcement deputy was killed while off-duty in a rafting accident near Minam State Park in Wallowa County, authorities said Sunday.

Senior Deputy Jason Post, 34, died Saturday after he and three other adults were thrown from their raft, Lt. Sterrin Ward said. Post was unable to reach the shore and his body was found shortly afterward.

The three others survived.

Post had served as a deputy at the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office for the past decade. He left in April to join Umatilla County Parole and Probation in order to be spend more time with his wife and their baby girl, Sterrin said.

A procession of deputies joined by officers from other agencies escorted Post’s body from a funeral home in LaGrande to his home in Pendleton, Oregon, where he was honored by local law enforcement and first responders.