Firefighters rescue injured hiker on Papago Butte

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- An injured hiker had to be rescued from Papago Butte Monday evening.

Just before 6:00 p.m., firefighters from Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale responded to Papago Butte Mountain near 64th Street and McDowell for a mountain rescue.

Firefighters found an adult male in his 20s suffering injuries from a 30-foot fall that happened when he was hiking. Based on the terrain and steep angle of the mountain, a steep angle rescue technique had to be used to safely extricate the hiker off the mountain.

It took about 20 firefighters to assist in the rescue. The patient was safely brought down off the mountain and was transported to a local trauma center. No word on his condition. No firefighters were injured in the rescue.