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DEC: Rangers, firefighters help injured Gloversville hiker in Hamilton County

DEC: Rangers, firefighters help injured Gloversville hiker in Hamilton County

DEC: Rangers, firefighters help injured Gloversville hiker in Hamilton County
Photographer: Miles Reed

WELLS -- Local firefighters and state forest rangers helped an injured Gloversville hiker to safety last week, state Department of Environmental Conservation officials said.

The 38-year-old woman had suffered a lower leg injury while hiking Auger Falls in Hamilton County, officials said this week. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The incident began just before noon Aug. 20 as dispatchers received a 911 call for the injured hiker. Passing hikers reported the injury and that the woman needed help for an unstable lower leg.

Forest Rangers David Kallen and Andrew Lewis responded and arrived by 12:30 p.m. When they located the hiker, she was with local fire department personnel and her leg had been stabilized by EMS, officials said.

Responders then set up a "vertical technical rope rescue" to get her up to a ledge, officials said. Once on the ledge, rangers and emergency personnel carried her to the trailhead and she was put on an ambulance to the hospital at 2:45 p.m., officials said.

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