Labor Day weekend is busy one for medics

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Labor Day weekend proved to be a busy one for members of the 68th Medical Company Air Ambulance at Fort Wainwright.

The crew performed three rescues in three days, two of them involving injuries.

The first of the callouts took place Saturday night, when a Japanese tourist staying at Chena Hot Springs had to be airlifted off of a popular hiking trail near the resort. Titno Yoshie, 62, a member of a Japanese tour group, was in satisfactory condition at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital after injuring her hip.

The next afternoon, a helicopter was called out to Salchette Slough in the Tanana Flats to rescue a Fort Wainwright soldier who lost the way back to his camp while scouting around on a hunting trip.

Labor Day sent the crew scrambling again, this time to airlift a man injured in an ATV accident near the Alyeska pipeline. Bennie Hayes, 22, of Fairbanks was riding a three-wheel ATV when a tire blew and he pitched forward over the handlebars. He was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.

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