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By Beth Zumwalt
Dozens of volunteers flooded a wooded area near the Pike/Adams County Line near Fishhook, north of Illinois Highway 104, Friday, Aug. 20 at 12:05 p.m.
The Pike County Sheriff’s Department received an emergency call from Adams County Dispatch advising that a 70-year-old male had fallen, was injured and was unable to move from his location due to the injury.
Agencies from Adams County Emergency Dispatch, Pike County Emergency Dispatch, Air Evac, Baylis Fire Department, North Pike Fire Department, Griggsville Fire Department, Pike County EMS, Adams County EMS, Adams County Sheriff’s Department and the Pike County Sheriff’s Department as well of other volunteers participated in the search despite the soaring temperatures.
The subject was located in Pike County by medical emergency personnel at approximately 1:30 p.m. He was carefully removed from his location and transported to an awaiting Air Evac Helicopter and transported to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.
“I am always amazed at watching the volunteers from the local fire departments in this community, selflessly come out to these calls and literally save lives,” David Greenwood, Pike County Sheriff,said. “That was the case here.”