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A Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office vehicle drives Saturday, June 5, 2021, along Adams Avenue, La Grande, in a procession with state and local law enforcement to escort the body of Umatilla County Parole and Probation deputy Jason Post to the county line. Post drowned earlier that day near Jason Post served as a Umatilla County sheriff’s deputy starting in 2013, and in April 2021 transitioned to a probation officer for the county. The sheriff’s office reported Post died Saturday, June 5, 2021, in a rafting accident near Minam State Park River in Wallowa County.

UNION COUNTY — A Umatilla County sheriff's deputy drowned Saturday, June 5, on the Minam River.

Union County Sheriff Cody Bowen confirmed reports of the death. He said the deputy drowned while recreating on the river.

Bowen also said the details at this time are not clear, and he did not identify the deputy.

Members of the Union County Sheriff, Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, La Grande police and others at about 6:45 p.m. escorted the body through the county, including along Adams Avenue, La Grande, to the border with Umatilla County.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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