Ore. deputy drowns in off-duty rafting accident

Senior Deputy Jason Post, 34, leaves behind his wife and baby girl

By Sarah Calams

WALLOWA COUNTY, Ore. — A department is mourning the death of a deputy who drowned over the weekend in a rafting accident.

KEPRTV.com reported that Senior Deputy Jason Post, 34, with the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, was thrown from his raft near Minam State Park Saturday. Post was wearing a life jacket, according to the department.

Three other adults were also thrown from the raft. Deputies recovered Post's body shortly afterward.

Post began his career with the sheriff's office in 2010 as a reserve officer. In 2013, he was hired as a full-time patrol deputy. In April, he was hired as a probation officer with Umatilla County Parole and Probation.

"He was well respected and loved throughout the entire law enforcement community. He was a field training officer and a mentor to many of the officers on the road today," the department wrote on their Facebook page.

Post leaves behind his wife and baby girl.

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