Fairchild Air Force Base Press Release:
Airmen from the 36th Rescue Flight rescued an injured hiker Friday morning.
The 18-year-old woman was reported near Riggins, Idaho with injuries sustained to her back and legs after falling into a cave. The rescue took approximately three hours from the time the 36th RQF received the call to the time the rescuee was transported to an ambulance waiting at Lewiston Airport. Due to inclement weather, the ambulance was used to transport her to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Idaho.
The crew, consisting Capt. Alberto Holt, aircraft commander; Lt. Col. Sammy Pierce, co-pilot; Master Sgt. Jordan Freedman, flight engineer; Tech.Sgt. Kenneth Griego, flight engineer; and Master Sgt. Joseph Brownell, independent duty medical technician, were the key components of the rescue.
"It's an honor and privilege to help out those in need when called upon," said Holt. "The area in which the survivor was located proved to be challenging when coupled with less than ideal weather conditions. We hope that she is able to make a speedy recovery."
This rescue was the flight's 684th.
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