When an accident occurs on the hiking trails, Forest Rangers are always fast to respond. Here's yet another example of them hard at work.

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Forest Rangers were requested for help up in Essex County after a hiker injured their knee on the trails. Ray Brook Dispatch told Ranger's the individual was unable to walk out of the forest on their own and needed to be carried out.

The 53-year-old from Hamilton was hiking down the Hurricane Mountain trail in the Town of Keene with their spouse and dog. As they were on their walk, the individual splinted their knee, fell, and was unable to get back up.

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Rangers Lewis, Balerno, Black, Burns, Curcio, Martin, Mecus, and O'Connor suited up and got ready for the carry-out. They used backpack carriers when navigating through steep and rocky sections, switching to the wheeled litter when possible.

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The Ranger's were able to put the injured hiker on the back of an ATV for the last mile, before finally reaching the trailhead. The hiker was then taken to Elizabeth Hospital for additional medical attention.

Here's a look at new and veteran Forest Rangers completing wheeled litter training, in case this an incident like the one mentioned ever happens in their neck of the woods.

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The work Forest Rangers put in every day, protecting all of those who venture into New York State Parks never goes unnoticed. Their commitment to ensuring our safety in the great outdoors is tremendous. We are forever grateful for our State Forest Rangers and all they do.

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