(THE OREGONIAN) After a shrill beep and jarring vibration from his pocket, Gaston Fire Chief Roger Mesenbrink reached for his pager.
“DROWNING. SW WEST SHORE DR.” It was a call to Gaston’s nearby Henry Hagg Lake, a popular summer recreation spot with a notorious reputation for steep drop-offs and annual drownings. Oh, man, Mesenbrink thought. Not another one.
He called on the closest dive team, readying his crew for a recovery mission. Driving west toward the lake, he braced himself for the sight of yet another body being pulled from the water, and the end to what had been a slow, safe summer.