I went to Runyon Canyon in Hollywood on Presidents’ Day. When I arrived at the Fuller entrance at 3:42pm, I saw several emergency vehicles exit the park and personnel close the gate. As I walked up to the part where yoga sessions take place, I saw some helicopters hovering. Moments later, I saw someone being lifted into the LAFD helicopter #2. I’m not sure exactly what happened, but I hope this person is okay. Here is video I took of the rescue:

Runyon Canyon Helicopter Rescue, Feb 18, 2012


I couldn’t find any news stories about this. I did find some posts on LAFD’s Blogspot, which reported that park rangers treated a female hiker in distress, who was later treated by paramedics at the park. No word on why she was later sent by air ambulance, or if it was even the same person.

Here are some photos I took on my hike later that same day:


A big thank you to the emergency and park personnel, whom I think of as unsung heroes.