Tennessee Guard rescues Appalachian Trail hike having cardiac issues

Hiker was far from any road access in the mountains near Gatlinburg

Sgt. 1st Class Giovanni DeZuani, a flight paramedic, is lowered from a UH-60 Blackhawk near Derrick Knob Shelter to rescue a hiker in distress along the Appalachian Trail, Sept. 20. The flight crew from the Tennessee National Guard conducted the emergency air evacuation mission after a hiker reported chest pains. (Courtesy photo from the Tennessee National Guard)

GATLINBURG, Tennessee (WDEF) – The Tennessee National Guard rescued a hiker experiencing a medical emergency on the Appalachian Trail on Tuesday.

The 56 year old hike was suffering cardiac distress.

But he was out on the trail at the Derrick Knob Shelter near the Tennessee- North Carolina border at the time.

The Tennessee National Guard sent a Blackhawk helicopter and crew from Louisville to make the rescue.

Above the shelter, they lowered two paramedics to the scene to stabilize the patient.

Then they hoisted him back up and flew him to a hospital in Knoxville, while the paramedics continued to render aid.

He was in the E-R within 20 minutes.

The entire rescue took less than an hour.

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