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Personal Locator Device Aids in Search & Rescue of Injured Hiker

March 11, 2017

LAKE ARROWHEAD, Calif – On Wednesday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m., members of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Division received information regarding an injured hiker in the Pinnacles area of Lake Arrowhead. The Office of Emergency Services (OES) for the State of California received an activation from an In-Reach personal locater device.

The activation included text messages, which said the victim, William Simpson, (age 67 of Santa Monica) had fallen while hiking and was suffering from injuries.

The crew of San Bernardino County Air Rescue Helicopter 7 was requested to assist. The crew, Corporal Michael Gilley, Fire Captain Mark Murphy, Fire Captain Eric Spies, Fire Captain Jerren Grundy and Deputy Paul Kowalski responded to the location. Using the GPS coordinates provided by OES, the crew was able to locate Simpson on a trail. They were able to land near Simpson and confirmed he had activated his device.

The crew loaded Simpson into the helicopter and flew him to a nearby waiting ambulance for further treatment.

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