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Eagle 2 Medevacs Woman Injured In Fall From Billy Goat Trail

Great Falls Park

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Two local residents had a rocky start to their future together. While hiking the Billy Goat trail in Great Falls Park on September 6th, the couple paused to admire the scenery. The setting was perfect – a late summer day with the sun glinting off the Potomac River below, the breeze pushing through the thick tree canopy, and the grey rocky trail weaving up and down with steep crevasses and a long drop to the water. The setting was perfect for a hike, but also for more romantic purposes – a marriage proposal. Although many couples have become engaged in this area, this one also engaged the services of the Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and the United States Park Police Aviation Section. The bride to be was swept off her feet – but after the magic moment, she slipped on the rocks and fell a short distance, leaving her with head and chest injuries. Montgomery County Fire medics could only reach her by boat, followed by a scramble up a steep rock face. After the medics evaluated the patient and packaged her on a backboard and stokes basket, they realized that she would either need to be lowered down the steep rocks or carried over a mile of rough terrain. Neither option was good considering her injuries, so the Park Police were asked for assistance. Eagle 2, with Sgt. Kevin Chittick in command, Sgt. Ken Burchell as co-pilot, and Sgt. Chris Perkins working the medic/rescue technician position, responded to perform a hoist rescue. The woman was hoisted aboard Eagle 2 and transported to Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, where she was treated for head and chest injuries and later released. Oh, yes – prior to her fall, she said ‘yes...’



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