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YCSO Deputy’s Quick Actions Possibly Saves The Life Of A Fallen Hiker

Quick work by a deputy with the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, possibly saved the life of a fallen hiker last week. Officials say at around 1:38 p.m. on June 7th, deputies responded to a call of a woman screaming for help on Granite Dells Flume Trail near Watson Lake. The 37-year-old Phoenix woman, called 911 initially, but dispatchers lost the call. However, they were able to route deputies to her location. The woman told dispatchers she had fallen about six feet and broke her leg and was bleeding heavily. The deputy was first to arrive on the scene. However, he had to cross Granite Creek to get to the woman, who was below a large boulder and partially in the creek. He found that the woman had a compound fracture to her lower right leg, so the deputy applied a tourniquet to keep her from losing too much blood while waiting for fire and medical personnel to arrive. To help the woman with fatigue, the deputy crawled into the water and used his knee to apply upward pressure to relieve her stress and continue to talk to her to prevent her from passing out. The deputy told the hiker he would need to get to higher ground to get signal to get additional help. Prescott Fire personnel arrived and began treating the woman. Eleven members of Yavapai County Search and Rescue arrived a short time later and was able to get her out of the area and to a waiting ambulance. She was then flown to a Phoenix area hospital for treatment. The rescue lasted three hours and 45-minutes.

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