Emergency Management/Homeland Security - Horse Rescue at King's Canyon
Off-duty Nevada Army National Guard (NVARNG) Soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Michael S. Connell (wearing blue safety helmet) of Reno, Nev., was called into action as a certified specialist in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) May 27, 2012, near Carson City, Nev. The seven-hour incident occurred in the King’s Canyon area, approximately 45 minutes from Reno. Horse owners enjoying a pleasure ride in the canyon were riding one of three horses, when their 2200-pound, seven-year old gelding Clydesdale, “Zed,” fell forty feet into the canyon around noon, Sunday. Sgt. Connell arrived on scene with response from Carson City Fire Department (CCFD), Carson City Sheriff’s Department (CCSD), Carson City Search and Rescue volunteers, Lyon County Horse Emergency Response Team (HERT), along with veterinarians from the Comstock Large Animal Hospital of Pleasant Valley, Nev. The rugged, brushy and narrow terrain, along with the horse’s size and injuries made for a slow rescue operation that involved about twenty specially trained response crew members from multiple agencies. Sgt. Connell’s TLAER training provided greatly needed rescue options not known about prior to this type of rescue. (Photo by off-duty USAF/Nevada Air National Guard photographer Master Sgt. Suzanne Connell) (RELEASED)
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