From North Cascades National Park:
North Cascades National Park Ranger Kevork Arackellian and pilot Anthony Reece, co-owner of Darrington-based Hi Line Helicopters, were honored by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar for their July 2009 rescue of an injured climber. Reece received the Citizen’s Award for Bravery and Ranger Arackellian received the Valor Award.
Reece and Ranger Arackellian conducted one of the most challenging rescues in the history of the North Cascades National Park Search and Rescue program. In July 2009, a party of four mountaineers were climbing 8151-foot Mount Terror when the lead climber fell and was left dangling upside down on the rope, semi-conscious with a femur