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Tonto Rim Search and Rescue volunteers hiked down Box Canyon to assist an injured man.

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Three rescues — all at once

Three separate pleas for help sent search and rescue teams scrambling late Friday afternoon. All three rescues ended successfully, but the flurry taxed the combined resources of the the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, Tonto Rim Search and Rescue (TRSAR) and the Mounted Posse, which sent teams to Christopher Creek, the Mazatzal Wilderness and Fossil Creek. TRSAR Commander Bill Pitterle reported that all three rescues ended successfully. Sergeant Terry Hudgens from the county sheriff’s department headed up the search for a hiker who went off trail in the Mazatzal Wilderness and feared for his health.


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