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UPDATE 2: Two paratroopers rescued from trees

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on April 26, 2012 at 4:33 pm with 5 Comments »
April 26, 2012 8:21 pm

Emergency personnel came to the rescue of two Army paratroopers who got hung up when wind blew them into trees during a training jump Thursday afternoon near Rainier, according to a news release.

Neither paratrooper was seriously injured.

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord fire department was able to retrieve a male paratrooper who was more than 30 feet high using a ground ladder. But they had to wait for the Thurston County Special Operations Rescue Team to rescue the female paratrooper, who was between 70 and 75 feet off the ground, Lacey fire battalion chief Steve Crimmins said.

The team includes firefighters from six fire agencies equipped and trained for rescues on steep slopes and in trenches, collapsed buildings and trees.

Firefighters were able to position a ladder truck close enough to get the female paratrooper.

The rescue took about an hour, Crimmins said, and occurred about a half-mile from the intersection of 123rd Avenue Southeast and Military Road, a short distance from the small Thurston County city.

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  1. thewestside says:

    What does the Army do if a paratrooper get stuck in a tree in the battle field?
    They call the fire department?
    Go Army! Be all you can be!

  2. retiredssg says:

    Hey westside: YOU try the jump before you criticize. Besides, why should the Army spend money on a service already available? Don’t show your ignorance.

  3. Sroldguy says:

    Sure wouldn’t want that Ranger or special forces soldier worth $100,000 (training) to risk their life in a training exercise.

    So call in the civilians so they can risk their lives!
    What the heck. It is a free service already available…

  4. thewestside says:

    retiredssg, The Army should be self sufficient! Choppers should be involved in the rescue. It’s all a training exercise. Calling 911 in combat isn’t an option!!!

    Is this what the army has become? Very sad.

  5. thewestside, you obviously don’t understand how these events go down. I’ve been on a dozen of these jumps and jumpers get stuck in trees almost never. If they coordinated for dedicated military rescue for each and every jump there would be a lot of wasted time and resources sitting around all day then a guy like you would come on here and gripe about how wasteful the military is for resourcing uneeded things. If anything, involving the civilians is a good thing since most fire rescue types sit around all day and night waiting for nothing to burn down. At least this gives them the opportunity to do their jobs and, oh by the way, they’re already going to be on the clock to begin with.

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