first published on July 15, 2018 by Will
A daring helicopter rescue mission was caught on camera after the Oregon Air National Guard was called in to extract a suicidal climber from the summit of Mount Hood on July 13, 2018.
A suicidal man had driven all the way from Texas to Oregon with the plan to kill himself at the summit of Mount Hood. Once he made it to the top, he changed his mind about suicide, but because of the deteriorating climbing conditions, couldn’t safely get down on his own.
A CH-47 helicopter and pararescuemen (PJs) of the Oregon Air National Guard’s 304th Rescue Squadron were called in to conduct the rescue operation. The Chinook first attempted to land on a flat portion of the ridge several hundred feet from the patient, however, it would have been much too dangerous for the PJs to move the patient to the bird. So they decided that conducting the legendary pinnacle landing right at the site of the patient would be a better idea.
The PJs were then able to retrieve the patient to the bird, and once they had landed, he was put into an ambulance and taken to the hospital.
While we should all be rejoicing that no one was hurt and that the man didn’t kill himself, we should look at this event a little more critically. Reports indicate that this wasn’t the first time the man had attempted suicide, however, there was no information given on his previous attempts.
You would think that if one was serious about suicide, a 12 gauge in the mouth would be quicker and more efficient than driving a thousand miles, climbing Mount Hood, and getting the military involved.
What I’m saying is: It’s your life, do with it what you please. However, this man’s selfish actions risked the lives of some of our very best Americans. These guardsmen were willing to give their own life for a man who clearly didn’t value his. This exemplifies how awesome the 304th Rescue Squadron is, and also exemplifies what a giant douche this man is.
Suicide is a controversial subject that especially effects the veteran community. If you’re thinking about harming yourself: Don’t. Please seek help instead. However, if you feel your life isn’t worth living, just remember that you have absolutely no right to selfishly endanger the lives of others because of it.