Translate Our Site

Albuquerque Police Officers Rescue Hypothermic Hikers

Friday’s Heroes: Officers Jeremy Bassett, Pat Hernandez, Anthony Martinez, Chad Melvin, Jason Harvey, Gary Okino, and Andy Montoya

April 5, 2013

Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry honored a team of Albuquerque Police Officers who navigated the rocky terrain of the snowy Sandia Mountains to rescue three very cold hikers. The three teenagers, from out of town, were wearing shorts, their cell phones were dead, and they were completely disoriented.  

The Albuquerque Police Officers set up a tactical plan, and began the efforts of locating the teens along the elevated eight mile trail, with a 12% grade. Realizing that the teens had no shelter, and insufficient clothing; APD urgently started searching for the teens. Officers were able to reach the distressed group, finding them near the ledge of a cliff. The three teens were immediately transported by Open Space Officer’s to rescue vehicles which were on standby and treated for their medical conditions.

In the early morning hours the next day, after their frightful night, the teens were reunited with their family and friends, and were able to call their parents in Missouri to let them know they were OK.

# # #