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"It's a wonderful thing to save a man's life. You give him back everything he will ever be. You give his wife and his children every act of kindness that he will ever offer them. . . . When I thanked our rescuer for coming his reply was 'That's my job.' But clearly it is much more."


Steve Tyler, Owen-Spalding Lightning Search and Rescue, 2010



July 21, 2010
The call came in just after noon. Lightning struck the Grand Teton multiple times, injuring seventeen climbers in three parties high on the mountain. The Jenny Lake Rangers were paged, and the largest rescue operation in Teton history began. Rangers rescued sixteen people from above 13,000 feet within eight hours, all suffering from various degrees of burns and lightning injuries. The extensive technical and medical expertise of the Jenny Lake Rangers enabled smooth rescue operations, and prevented further tragedy.