arizonaOn Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015, at around 1:00 p.m., ADPS Air Rescue was requested to assist the White Mountain Apache Fire Department for a technical rescue mission near McNary, Ariz. A 23-year-old female had fallen approximately 30 feet from a mesa into a canyon then tumbled another 100 feet down a slope. She was reported to have traumatic injuries and a ground rescue was deemed problematic out of the small canyon.

ADPS Ranger 42 helicopter, based out of Flagstaff, was dispatched to the scene to assist in the rescue. A rescuer rappelled from the helicopter to the location of the victim. Once packaged for external load flight, the victim and rescuer were flown out of the canyon with a short-haul rescue to the mesa. The patient was turned over to a waiting private EMS helicopter for further transport to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

These types of missions show the exceptional abilities and dedication of ADPS Aviation personnel to protect human life by putting their own lives at risk.