Firefighters aid hikers along Appalachian Trail


WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – White Count Fire Services personnel spent a grueling Sunday delivering aid to three female hikers in two separate incidents near the Low Gap Shelter along the Appalachian Trail.

At 11:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a female hiker suffering from exhaustion and dehydration just a few feet south of the Low Gap Shelter. On arrival, they discovered that it was a female hiker and her daughter.

The daughter tried to make her way to the parking area of Hog Pen but she became distressed about a mile before the parking area.  A team of three firefighters went in to her location and a second team went in to the Low Gap area for the mother.

The mother was located about one mile south of the shelter.  A Department of Natural Resources helicopter was used to lift her out to awaiting fire personnel at 801 Low Gap Road in Union County. She was treated on the scene for dehydration.

The daughter was walked out by the first team to their vehicle.  She was given water and her supplies were carried by fire personnel to her vehicle.  The mother was transported to her daughter’s location after extrication.

While in the process of cleaning up from that event, another call was received to go to Low Gap Shelter for a female with a possible fractured arm.  That patient was lifted by helicopter and then transported by Union General Ambulance to Union General Hospital.

This entire event kept firefighters on these incidents for approximately 10 hours.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said, “I would like to commend, (Cleveland) Chief Norman Alexander and his team along with the 911 dispatch personnel for the quick response and team work in assisting these individuals to safety.”



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