Wisconsin National Guard rescues injured person at Devil’s Lake State Park

Wisconsin National Guard rescues injured person at Devil’s Lake State Park
Courtesy: Baraboo Fire Department

The Wisconsin National Guard put its skills to the test and rescued a hiker Saturday at Devil’s Lake State Park.

The Wisconsin National Guard said a couple was hiking on the east side of the lake when a stone dislodged, pinning a woman’s leg against another large stone. The Baraboo Fire Department and EMS were unable to get her leg out.

The decision was made to request air transport for the injured hiker.

“Carrying her out would have been dangerous,” Baraboo Fire Chief Kevin Stieve said. “We had to stay with her for a while, but moving her would have taken just as long. That waiting helped keep our responders safe.”

About an hour after the Baraboo Fire Department responded to the injured hiker, the Army Aviation Support Facility #1 in West Bend was sent in to help. The hiker was in the helicopter less than an hour later.

Wisconsin National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 4 Dirk Brandt, the pilot for Saturday’s mission, said the U.S. Army requires hoist training every 90 days. He’s preformed thousands of lifts but said weather conditions for Saturday’s mission were perfect.

“It’s a testament to the training,” Brandt said. “That was key.”

The Wisconsin National Guard just conducted a training exercise Aug. 29 for the same situation: rescuing an injured person at Devil’s Lake State Park.

The Wisconsin National Guard said the hiker’s leg was not broken.

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