Cadet Falls 200 Feet On Hike

By: Katherine Cook
By: Katherine Cook

An air force academy cadet is in critical condition after falling 200 feet while hiking Eagle Peek Saturday afternoon. Academy officials say Cadet 3rd Class Tom Avolio was hiking the mountain with 2 other cadets, when he fell and sustained serious injuries. 3 other cadets happened by, helped stabilize Avolio and used cell phones to call 911. Several agencies including Academy Fire and El Paso County Search and Rescue responded to the scene. The rescue required a heavy-duty Blackhawk helicopter which had to be ordered from the Wyoming Air National Guard. Once on the ground, Avolio was transferred to a LifeFlight helicopter and flown to Penrose hospital.


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