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Blue Mountain Eagle
FINICUM
LIAM
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north on the highway,
Finicum encountered a
road block, crashed into a
snowbank and exited the
vehicle. Officers said Fin-
icum appeared to be reach-
ing for a weapon and shot
him, and that they found a
9-millimeter pistol in his
pocket. The vehicle’s other
occupants, including Ryan
Bundy, were taken into
custody.
The Central Oregon
Major Incident Team led
the investigation into Fini-
cum’s death. Harney Coun-
ty District Attorney Tim
Colahan also requested
that Malheur County Dis-
trict Attorney Dan Norris
review the investigation,
which determined the six
shots fired by OSP officers,
including the three that
killed him, were justified.
Two additional shots,
which did not hit Finicum,
reportedly fired by an FBI
Hostage Rescue Team
member, were referred for
further investigation, and
agent W. Joseph Astarita
was indicted on charges of
lying to investigators about
firing the shots.
Astarita is among the
numerous defendants list-
ed in the suit, as are the
FBI and OSP.
The suit compares Fin-
icum’s shooting in Harney
County to the shooting of a
defector by North Korean
officials in November as he
crossed the demilitarized
zone into South Korea, stat-
ing “... in the American psy-
che, the idea of being shot in
the back by your own gov-
ernment for trying to cross
a border — is unthinkable.”
The suit argues govern-
ment agents targeted Fin-
icum for his involvement
in the 2014 Bunkerville,
Nevada, standoff, where
Bureau of Land Manage-
ment and FBI agents had a
confrontation with rancher
Cliven Bundy, father of Am-
mon and Ryan, over unpaid
grazing fees. It states the
occupiers were attempting a
“lawful adverse possession”
claim and had not broken
any laws.
The suit lists Finicum’s
widow, Jeanette, their 12
children and the estate of
LaVoy Finicum as plain-
tiffs and seeks at least $5
million for each from a col-
lection of defendants: the
United States of America,
FBI, Bureau of Land Man-
agement, BLM employee
Daniel Love, BLM law
enforcement director Sal-
vatore Lauro, former Ne-
vada Sen. Harry Reid, FBI
Special Agent in Charge
of the refuge occupation
Greg Bretzing, FBI agent
Joseph Astarita, the state
of Oregon, Oregon State
Police, Oregon Gov. Kate
Brown, Oregon Sen. Ron
Wyden, Harney County,
Harney County Sheriff Da-
vid Ward, former Harney
County Judge Steve Grasty,
the Center for Biological
Diversity and “John Does
1-100” — described as
other unknown federal and
state employees — ac-
cording to the complaint.
Liam’s mom, Sara Hebard
— formerly of Prairie City —
and stepfather Scott Hinkle,
realized something wasn’t right
on Jan. 17 when Liam com-
plained of intense pain in his
groin area. Scott took a look
and reacted with alarm at what
he saw.
“It was purplish-red and
gangrenous looking,” he said.
“We threw him in the rig and
went like hell.”
After surgery at St. Antho-
ny Hospital to remove infected
tissue, Liam and his mother
flew by air ambulance to Do-
ernbecher Children’s Hospital
in Portland on Jan. 18. Scott
stayed back to care for the
other boys. In Portland, the
surreal nightmare continued as
surgeons tried to stay ahead of
the rare but deadly infection,
known as necrotizing fasci-
itis, by amputating parts of the
boy’s body.
“They basically cut him up
piece by piece,” Scott said.
“Almost his whole right
side was gone,” Sara said.
“They kept cutting and hoping.
Cutting and hoping.”
Eventually, as Liam kept
going downhill, he was trans-
ferred to Randall Children’s
Hospital on Jan. 21 so another
team could take a look at the
problem. That night, Liam died.
Sara said she is still pro-
cessing. Her emotions run the
gamut. She smiles in won-
derment as she recalls how he
tried to keep his family and
friends from worrying as he lay
in his hospital bed in a nest of
tubes, electrodes, cables and
monitors. He FaceTimed with
friends, laughing, joking and
showing his tubes.
“He told them ‘It’s just go-
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
EO Media Group/E.J. Harris
Sara Hebard gets emotional while talking about the life
of her son, Liam Flanagan, 8, on Jan. 23 at her home
outside of Pilot Rock. Flanagan died Jan. 21 after cutting
his leg while riding his bike and contracting a flesh-
eating bacteria.
Contributed photo
Liam Flanagan lies in his hospital bed during his battle
with necrotizing fasciitis.
ing to be a couple of days and
I’ll be coming home,’” Sara
said. “He was so strong and so
brave.”
At one point, Liam was
feeling dehydrated and Sara
promised she wouldn’t eat or
drink until he was able. Liam
wouldn’t have it.
“He took my hand and said
he just needed a hug,” she re-
called.
Scott spoke to Liam for the
last time by phone on Friday.
“I told him to be strong and
that he’d be OK,” Scott said.
“He said he missed me.”
Now that Liam is gone, Sara
and Scott are reeling in a rush
of memories.
“He was a bright ray of sun-
shine,” Sara said. “He loved ev-
eryone and everyone loved him.
He was one of those people who
would walk into a room and
would draw everyone.”
“He was a lovable kid,”
Scott said of the boy who
uncomplainingly helped him
build fences and do other
tasks around the farm. “He
never had a bad word to say.”
They are second-guess-
ing themselves. Maybe if
they’d gotten Liam to the
hospital sooner when he first
complained of pain they had
chalked up as normal. They
want other parents to know
about this flesh-eating bac-
teria, something they didn’t
previously know about.
“We don’t want any other
parents to go through this,”
Scott said.
A Gofundme account has
been established, and ac-
counts have been set up at
Banner Bank and Old West
Federal Credit Union.
Contributed photo
Liam Flanagan and Sara Hebard attend the Pendleton
Round-Up several years ago.
FIRE
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Rynearson said the home
is a total loss, but outbuildings
weren’t affected.
At the height of the fire,
there were nine John Day fire-
fighters on scene and at least
10 Prairie City firefighters, in-
cluding the chiefs.
Prairie City responded with
a water tender, a Type 1 engine
and a support vehicle, and John
Day had two tenders and a rural
engine, as well as the chief’s rig.
Grant County Undersheriff
Zach Mobley was also on site.
Rynearson said his biggest
concern was having enough
personnel available if another
call came in.
Firefighters remained on
scene until 11 p.m. Thursday
evening, and returned at 3 a.m.
and 8:30 a.m. Friday for mop
up, he said.
Rynearson said people
should clean their flues at least
three times each year, at the
beginning, middle and end of
the heating season.
“We’re in the middle of the
heating season,” Rynearson
said. “We should give flues
and other heating devices a
thorough check and make sure
they’re in tip-top shape.”
The Jensens, whose proper-
ty is at the “Y” going up Baldy
Mountain, own Oxbow Trade
Co. in Canyon City, which is a
warehouse and museum with
dozens of horse-drawn vehicles.
Eagle photos/Angel Carpenter
A Prairie City Rural Fire District fire truck is on the scene of a house fire on Jan. 25 on Pine Creek Road.
The house fire at Jim and Mary Jensen’s property
continued to burn the afternoon of Jan. 25.
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A Prairie City volunteer firefighter surveys the scene after
a flue fire.
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destroyed. No one was injured in the blaze.
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