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Conservation Officer Lieutenant Craig D. Morrocco
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Two Life-saving Weekend Hiker Rescues in Southwestern New Hampshire

KEENE, N.H. -- Two hikers were rescued in separate incidents in southwestern New Hampshire this weekend. Scroll below for incident details.

Massachusetts Hiker Rescued on Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, N.H.

On October 26, 2013, at approximately 12:35 PM, a hiker descending the White Cross Trail on Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey began experiencing chest pains. The 75-year-old hiker, who was hiking alone and identified as George Horowitz of West Newton, Massachusetts, was met by a group of hikers that included a registered nurse and a paramedic. The group contacted park officials and immediately began administering first aid. 

Unfortunately, due to high winds at the landing zone on the summit, a helicopter rescue could not be put into effect.  NH Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers, DRED Division of Parks and Recreation staff and volunteers began carrying the victim down the mountain in a litter.  Shortly after Horowitz was placed in the litter, he became unresponsive.  An AED (Automated External Defibrillator) was used and then CPR was initiated.  Almost immediately thereafter, Horowitz regained consciousness.

Rescuers expedited the carryout over rough terrain to a waiting ambulance at the Old Toll Road.  There, the victim was transported by ambulance to an awaiting DHART (Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team) helicopter, a short distance away at the Grand View Inn in Jaffrey, NH.  The victim was flown to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. 

Conservation Officers, DRED Division of Parks and Recreation Rangers, Jaffrey Rindge Memorial Ambulance personnel and volunteers who treated and carried Horowitz to safety are to be commended for their truly life saving efforts. 
 
For information on being safe while hiking or pursuing outdoor recreation and to learn the hiker responsibility code please visit hikesafe.com.

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Injured Hiker Rescued on Pack Monadnock

A second incident in southwestern NH this weekend involved the rescue of hiker Edward Braczyk (age 56) of Amherst, NH, on October 27, 2013. Braczyk was hiking the Marion Davis Trail on Pack Monadnock Mountain in Peterborough when he reportedly began experiencing pain and labored breathing.

At 1:53 p.m., NH Fish & Game Department Conservation Officers were notified by the Peterborough Fire Department of the incident.  Paramedics’ assessment of the situation determined that Braczyk had suffered some sort of cardiac event. NH Fish and Game Department Conservation Officers, Peterborough Fire & Rescue and DRED Division of Parks and Recreation staff began and expedited the carryout, bringing the victim down the mountain in a litter. Rescuers were required to carry the victim over a half mile of rough terrain to a waiting ambulance at the Miller State Park parking lot.  There, the victim was transported by ambulance to Catholic Medical Center in Manchester. 

hikeSafe logoConservation Officers, DRED Division of Parks and Recreation Rangers, Peterborough Fire & Rescue personnel who treated and carried Braczyk to safety are to be commended for their life saving efforts.   
  
For information on being safe while hiking or pursuing outdoor recreation and to learn the hiker responsibility code please visit www.hikesafe.com.

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