Firefighters remind hikers to be prepared after woman rescued from mountain

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- It's feeling like spring in the Valley and many people had Monday off so the hiking trails were packed.

But for one woman, her hike ended with a rescue.
Kathy Levas was on a hike with her three grandchildren on South Mountain Monday morning when the unexpected happened.

"I slipped on some rocks and my ankle gave out underneath me, kind of twisted backwards," Levas said.

Her grandkids, ages 5, 6 and 10, were worried about what happened to their grandma but thankfully some fellow hikers helped her out.

"Some guys helped me from the top of the mountain down, they were from Vancouver, and then some other people stopped and helped me with my grandchildren and took my grandchildren all the way down to the bottom to meet my son so a lot of awesome people helped out," Levas said.

Firefighters showed up and decided to put her in a basket and wheel her down the mountain where her son was waiting.

"Scary, but she's got a lot of guys helping her out so she was smiling," Pete Levas said. "She seemed to be pretty excited about all these firemen around her so making the best out of a bad situation."

"I'm good, I'm just in pain," Levas said. "I'm good. My heart's good. I'm good, just my foot hurts."

Firefighters remind everyone to wear the proper gear and bring a cellphone so that if you do need help, firefighters can find you fast.