MINAM — A Umatilla County sheriff’s deputy drowned Saturday, June 5, in the Minam River.
The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office released the name of the deputy Sunday afternoon, saying in a Facebook post that Senior Deputy Jason Post died during a rafting accident near Minam State Park.
According to the sheriff’s office, Post and three friends were rafting when they were thrown from the watercraft. The 34-year-old did not reach shore, and his body was found soon after.
A procession of multiple regional law enforcement agencies escorted Post from La Grande to Pendleton later Saturday, where he was honored by law enforcement officers and first responders.
Wallowa County Sheriff Joel Fish said Tuesday that Post was wearing a life vest when he and the three others were ejected from the inflatable raft in the midst of some rapids. Fish said it took about an hour and a half to recover Post’s body, which was found about 300 yards from the site of the accident.
According to the UCSO, Post began service as a reserve officer in 2010 and was hired as a full-time patrol deputy in 2013. He was a field training officer and mentor, and in April was hired as a probation officer with Umatilla County Parole and Probation.
Post leaves behind a wife and infant daughter.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated.