Members of the South Carolina Army National Guard responded to a call for help to rescue an injured hiker from the Sumter National Forest along the Chattooga River near the South Carolina-Georgia border last August 27.
When first responders realized they were unable to evacuate the hiker due to the remote location, they called for support from the SCNG, according to Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael Hutto, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter pilot.
Hutto explained, once the helicopter was on site, the rescue took less than 30 minutes. Once positioned, Army Staff Sgt. Jessica Thibeau, Company F, 1st Battalion, 171st Aviation Regiment flight paramedic, administered care to the patient and helped get him hoisted into the helicopter.
"I introduced myself to the patient, did an assessment of his condition, and explained to him that we were about to hoist him up about 200 feet into the air," said Thibeau...