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Tennessee National Guard Crew Rescues Hiker – Clarksville Online

By October 19, 2022October 20th, 2022Sports events

Knoxville, TN – A Tennessee Army National Guard medical flight crew responded to an emergency air evacuation mission for a hiker with a suspected broken leg in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park area, Oct. 14 .

At approximately 4:20 p.m., the Tennessee Military Department and Tennessee Emergency Management Agency were notified that a hiker needed to be evacuated along the Alum Cave Trail, south of Gatlinburg, requiring immediate medical attention. .




A UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from Tennessee National Guard Detachment 1, Company C, 1-171st Aviation Regiment, based in Knoxville, assembled in less than 40 minutes and launched to the incident site around 5:00 p.m.

The flight crew consisted of Chief Warrant Officer 3 Trailson Moore, pilot-in-command; 1st Lt. Gavin Huffman, pilot; Staff Sgt. Donald Sweet, team leader; Colonel Robert Ross, Flight Surgeon; sergeant. 1st Class Tracy Banta, flight paramedic; and Staff Sgt. Jared Ennis, flight paramedic.

At 5:22 p.m. the plane arrived at the hiker’s location on Alum Cave Trail. Banta and Ennis were then lowered to the ground by winch, where they performed a medical assessment of the injured hiker. Upon completion, the hiker was medically stabilized and preparations were made to be hoisted onto the waiting aircraft. The hiker was then hoisted into the hovering helicopter followed by Banta and Ennis.

Once aboard, the flight crew continued medical aid en route to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. The hiker was safely transported to hospital after a 12-minute flight.