DEC Rangers honored for rescuing hikers near Truxton

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The DEC recently highlighted two Forest Rangers for their work rescuing a group of missing hikers last week near the towns of Truxton and Fabius.

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Around 2 p.m. last Tuesday (June 15), the Sherburne sub-office in Chenango County received a call from a man looking for his wife and three children – ages 11, 10, and 3 – along with the family dog, who didn’t return when expected from a hike at Labrador Hollow Unique Area near Tinker Falls.

Forest Rangers were able to contact the woman and determine the group had veered off the marked trail onto a former skidder/logging trail.

Rangers Chet Lunt and Mike Chappell arrived at the Tinker Falls parking lot around 2:30 p.m. with the woman’s husband.

The three men then hiked in and were able to trace the family’s GPS coordinates around 3:15 pm, locating them in a remote area in the town of Fabius, Onondaga County, just across the Cortland County line.

After being reunited, the family was safely escorted out of the woods safely and everyone was on their way home by 4 p.m.

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