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Hero Down: Umatilla County Parole & Probation Officer Jason Post Dies In Rafting Accident

Wallowa County, OR – Umatilla County Parole and Probation (UCPP) Officer Jason Post died in a tragic rafting accident on June 5, according to the local sheriff’s office.

Officer Post, 34, served the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO) for 11 years before taking a position with the UCPP in April, the sheriff’s office said in a press release on Sunday.

He was a senior deputy when he left the UCSO.

The off-duty officer and three other adults were recreating on the river in Minam State Park when they were all thrown from their raft, the UCSO said in a press release on Sunday.

“Deputy Jason Post did not reach shore and his body was found shortly afterward,” the sheriff’s Office said.

The other three adults he was rafting with survived the accident, KATU reported.

Officer Post’s body was escorted from a funeral home in LaGrande to Pendleton by a procession of law enforcement officers from multiple departments on Saturday, according to the UCSO.

Officer Post joined the UCSO as a reserve officer in 2010.

He became a full-time patrol deputy three years later.

“He was well respected and loved throughout the entire law enforcement community,” the UCSO said. “He was a Field Training Officer and a mentor to many of the officers on the road today.”

When Officer Post left the sheriff’s office to join the UCPP in April, he “was very open” that he was “making the career change so he could focus on family and spend more time with them,” the UCSO said.

Officer Post leaves behind his wife, Rosanna, and their baby daughter, Dalilah, according to a fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of their loss.

The campaign had raised more than $24,000 as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Thank you for the overwhelming support that was demonstrated by so many of our extended law enforcement family yesterday as we brought him home,” the sheriff’s office said in the press release. “We express our deepest condolences to his entire family. We are your family and our hearts are broken.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Umatilla County Parole and Probation Officer Jason Post, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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