An injured hiker is safe after a Washington Army National Guard medical flight crew from 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation hoisted them out of a heavily wooded area near Leavenworth on Oct. 15th, 2022.

“The hiker suffered a fall approximately five miles from the nearest trailhead, sustained a chest injury, and was unable to self-extract,” said Maj. Kevin Robillard, executive officer for the 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation. “Our crew immediately loaded up and departed in response.”

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ryan Kennedy, the pilot-in-command, and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Marty Hayes, assisted by Staff Sgt. Travis Bearden, Sgt. Ty Thompson, Spc. Nicholas Ehrenheim, and Maj. Danny Jones scrambled and launched their Black Hawk helicopter in less than an hours’ time, enroute to the scene.

Upon arriving and observing the signaling device being used to hail the aircraft, Bearden and Thompson were hoisted to the ground to assess the individual’s injuries before securing him for extraction.