Dueling press releases detail two stories of Altadena rescue

Pasadena Fire Department officials are steamed over a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department press release taking credit for a mountain rescue Monday night. They say the press release is riddled with falsehoods — and that the Sheriff’s Department was barely involved in the rescue of two injured women.

Leave it to sheriff’s Spokesman Steve Whitmore to put it all in perspective.

“Here is what’s important: The people got saved.”

Pasadena rescue squad at Eaton Canyon

Perhaps the most telling detail about the whole operation is on Tim Rutt’s altadenablog, which has a picture of the patients being loaded into a paramedic van — not a helicopter.

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Rescue off Highway 39

AZUSA — A 74-year-old man who was trapped overnight after his SUV plunged 125 feet off of Highway 39 was rescued by helicopter Monday morning.

Family members reported the man missing Sunday night, officials said.

“He’s in pretty good shape for a 74-year-old who was down there in the cold all night,” Los Angeles County Fire Battalion Chief Jim Geandee said.

Story and video by reporter Thomas Himes:

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Injured hiker flown from forest above Azusa

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Fire officials flew a hiker out of the Angeles National Forest north of Azusa Monday after he became injured in a fall.
The rescue occurred just before 5 p.m. near San Gabriel Canyon and West Fork roads, Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervising Dispatcher Melanie Flores said.
The man, who was estimated to be in his 30s, did not appear to suffer life-threatening injuries but was flown to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena as a precaution, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Tim Bloom said.
The man reported falling four to six feet, while his family members told officials he fell from about 45 feet.
His exact condition was not available.

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