Oak Grove Academy student removed from Iler Creek

Gales Creek – Forest Grove Fire and Rescue assisted the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in removing a 14 year old Oak Grove Academy student from Iler Creek, a tributary of Gales Creek, after the student was “not happy with the program,” according to Sargent Vance Stimler with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

“The individual is being evaluated by medical personnel after being in the cold creek” said Forest Grove Fire and Rescue in a statement.

Amy Stuck
The student walks up NW Old Wilson River Road, escorted by a Washington County Sheriff officer. Photo from Amy Stuck-Zamudio

Gales Creek resident Amy Stuck-Zamudio, who lives nearby in downtown Gales Creek and witnessed part of the incident, stated that the student was escorted out of the creek near her home by a Sheriff’s deputy. “They are lucky the kid was alive and it wasn’t a recovery” said Stuck-Zamudio.

David Warner, Forest Grove School District’s Director of Communications & Engagement stated “He’s OK. He might have a little exposure from the cold.”

A few hundred yards downstream from the incident, Iler Creek empties into the larger Gales Creek next to the Gales Creek bridge.

Correction: The title of this article originally spelled Iler Creek as “Ihler Creek.” There is no ‘h’ in Iler and we are ashamed.


Sources and more information
Forest Grove Fire and Rescue
David Warner, FGSD
Vance Stimler, WCSO PIO
Amy Stuck-Zamudio, Resident