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Maryland State Police helicopter helped rescue a man after he sustained injuries from a fall early Saturday morning.

April 15th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

The 52-year-old man was found on the shore near Big Sandy Creek by rescuers from Preston County after he suffered a fall before 8 a.m.; he was located in a remote area of Preston County, in the Bruceton Mills, WV area. Rescuers from the Bruceton Mills VFD, Masontown VFD, Albright VFD, KAMP Ambulance, and the Mountaineer Area Rescue Group were all assisting with the rescue. They called for a Maryland State Police Aviation Command helicopter for an aerial rescue due to the steep terrain and limited access into the area.

The crew from Trooper 5, based out the Cumberland Section, was requested for an aerial hoist mission due to the man’s location, the surrounding topography, an extended extrication time and the nature of his injuries. West Virginia rescue personnel initiated patient care and stabilized the man. Once overhead, the pilots on Trooper 5 hovered the AgustaWestland AW-139 helicopter nearly 190 feet above the dense tree cover, while a Trooper/Paramedic was lowered below. The Trooper/Paramedic, with assistance from West Virginia rescuers, secured the injured man in a Patient Extrication Platform, commonly called a “PEP bag.”

The Trooper/Paramedic and injured individual were hoisted into the aircraft, at which time Trooper 5 transitioned into a medevac role and flew the elderly man to J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia for treatment.

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has served Maryland citizens since 1970 and operates a fleet of 10 AW139 helicopters from seven bases throughout the State. Each aircraft provides coverage 24/7/365 to Maryland residents and visitors. The MSPAC missions include medevac, law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security, and disaster assessment. The success of the missions relies heavily on the cooperative efforts of local fire, rescue, EMS, law enforcement agencies, and our partners at the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Park Police.