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State Police make park rescue

July 1st, 2020 by WCBC Radio

On Tuesday, June 30th at approximately 4:20 pm, Maryland State Police Helicopter Trooper 3, based at Frederick Municipal Airport, was dispatched to Liberty Dam in Carroll County, MD to hoist a victim who was seen in the water floating in the prone position at the base of the dam. The Dam is approximately 415 feet high and is surrounded by very steep terrain.


Fire and Rescue arrived on scene and provided emergency medical care to the victim. Due to the difficulty traversing the steep terrain to access the victim a Maryland State Police Helicopter was dispatched. 


The helicopter crew configured Trooper 3 for an aerial hoist operation and arrived overhead. The pilots maneuvered the AW-139 helicopter into a steady hover position 160 feet above the rescue crews and victim. A Trooper/Rescue Technician with medical equipment was lowered to the scene. The Trooper/Rescue Technician assisted with lifesaving care, patient stabilization and securing the patient into the rescue litter. The Trooper/Rescue Technician and victim were hoisted up to the helicopter. Once the patient was secured inside the aircraft, Trooper 3 transitioned to its medevac role and transported the patient to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, MD for further treatment.


The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has served Maryland citizens since 1970, and operates a fleet of ten (10) helicopters from seven (7) bases throughout Maryland on a 24/7/365 basis.  Missions include medevac, law enforcement, search & rescue, homeland security, and disaster assessment.  The success of rescues performed by the Aviation Command depends a great deal on the cooperative effort of local fire, rescue, EMS and law enforcement agencies.


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