911 Tapes from DPS officer killed by helicopter bladePosted: Updated:
SEDONA -- Dispatch: "911 what is your emergency?"
Caller: "We're disoriented and lost."
Dispatch: "Are you injured at all?"
Caller: "Not injured, scratched, but a little dehydrated."
It's a 9-1-1 call from a 63 year old hiker, stuck on the top of Bear mountain in Sedona.
Caller: "We just can't find our way down."
Dispatch: "Ok, so you're off trail at this time?"
Caller: "We are off trail."
He and his wife have been trying to get down for 3 and a half hours.
Caller: "I would hate to have someone come out, they can just give us directions on how to get down."
Dispatch: "Yeah, we'll try that. And do you have enough supplies? Water? Food or anything?
Caller: "We have some water and we have a little bit of food."
The fire department calls the DPS Air Ranger helicopter pilot.
Pilot: "Hey this is Brad with DPS Flagstaff Ranger. How are you doing?"
Dispatch: "Hi, Brad, how are you?"
Dispatch: "We just got a call from two hikers that are suppose to be up on Bear mountain."
Pilot: "Ok. Yeah, I'm familiar with that area... Well, let me assemble some equipment together and we'll head that way."
Dispatch: "Ranger out of Flagstaff will be launching in the next five minutes."
36 year old Bruce Harrolle would be the medic officer on board Ranger.
But moments later.
Dispatch: "Engine 511 go ahead."
Fire: "We need the closest air rescue helicopter available. DPS air ranger had a blade strike to the head with their officer we need immediate air evac to the site."
Fire: "We have an officer down at the top of Doe mountain."
Dispatch: "Oh my god."
The father of two had somehow been killed by the rotor as he tried to rescue the hikers.
Dispatch launches another helicopter to find his body.
Dispatch: "Angel 3 has been launched."
Harrolle's pilot was forced to fly the hikers to safety, and because of the accident could not fly back.
Dispatch: "DPS Ranger will be out of service at this point and time."
Dispatch then calls DPS with the news.
Dispatch: "It was involving DPS Ranger, the helicopter."
DPS: "What happened there?
Dispatch: "One of the paramedics got hit by a blade."
There are seconds of silence... Until reality sets in.
DPS: "Alright - we'll get somebody en route."