Teen Rescued From Fall At Tonto Bridge


Climbing on the rocks underneath the Tonto Natural Bridge Sunday afternoon, 13-year-old Kyle Hopkins caught his foot in a wedge and broke his leg just above his ankle, Capt. Harris Scott of the Pine-Strawberry Fire Department said.

Hopkins and his family were visiting the Rim country from Apache Junction for a Sunday picnic at the state park. After dinner, the teen ventured under the bridge.

His uncle, Mike Hopkins, was making his way down the Gowan Loop trail with his fiancee, Robin Campo, when he first heard about an injured youngster. It wasn't until they reached the platform did he learn it was his nephew.

Campo stayed with the boy and Park Ranger Cathe Descheemaker while the boy's grandfather waited for rescuers to arrive.

Two Pine-Strawberry Fire Department personnel were accompanied by 13 volunteers from the Tonto Rim Search and Rescue Squad.

Once the teenager was stabilized, volunteers took turns carrying the 75-pound boy up the west side of the Gowan Trail.

Hopkins was taken to Payson Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery on the break, Scott said.

His condition was not made available by press time.

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