DPS, CCSO perform high-altitude air rescue at Chiricahua Mountain range

COCHISE COUNTY, Ariz. -- A dramatic mountain rescue was caught on camera involving an Arizona search and rescue technician.

This happened earlier in August in the Chiricahua Mountain range between Willcox and Douglas.

The Cochise County Sheriff's Office asked the Department of Public Safety to help rescue a man with a leg injury. It was a risky rescue due to the high altitude -- nearly 9,000 feet above sea level.

"Taking the ambient temperature into consideration, the density altitude was established at 12,300 feet above sea level," stated DPS officials.

>>DPS VIDEO: Ranger 1 performs rescue within Chiricahua Mountain range

A paramedic was lowered to the ground using a hoist from the helicopter. The injured technician was put into a harness and raised back up to the aircraft. He was later transported to an area hospital.

The mission represents the highest altitude hoist operation to date for Ranger 1, a Bell 429 helicopter.

"This rescue is one of many that highlights the amazing work of our Arizona State Troopers," said Governor Doug Ducey. "Every day these heroic women and men take action to protect and assist Arizonans across the state." 

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