Posted: Jul 9, 2012 9:24 PM by Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California Highway Patrol officials say one of their officers is lucky to be alive after he was hit by the rotor blades of a helicopter while taking part in the rescue of an injured hiker in a rugged and remote area of Northern California.
CHP Lt. Scott Fredrick says Officer Tony Stanley was one of two officers called out to pick up a hiker who had broken a leg and dislocated an ankle during a hike through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest last Thursday.
Fredrick says after Stanley left the helicopter, he was hit by the aircraft's rotor blades.
Because of privacy rules, the CHP is not revealing the exact nature of Stanley's injuries, or releasing his condition, but officials had initially described the injuries as "critical" and "life-threatening."
The 40-year-old Stanley remained hospitalized Monday. The CHP could not say when he would be returning to work.
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