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By Veronica Rocha | December 3, 2009
GLENDALE — The number of people who had to be rescued from local hiking trails and parks has so far doubled from what it was last year, according to the Glendale Fire Department. Glendale firefighters typically respond to four rescue incidents each year that involve hikers stuck on mountain trails for various reasons. But this year, firefighters have performed eight mountain rescues, which officials attributed to out-of-town hikers who don’t realize the difficulty of some trails until it’s too late.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | June 17, 2010
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — A man in his 60s, wounded after falling off a path in Brand Park on Tuesday night, was aided by fellow hikers before being rescued by helicopter, officials said. The hiker, whose name was not released, was walking alone on the Enriques Trail about 7 p.m. when he fell just south of the Verdugo Towers, Glendale Police Sgt. Steve Robertson said. He sustained cuts throughout his body, including a serious cut to his head. A Glendale police helicopter and officers spotted four people helping the hiker trek down the mountain, police said.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | September 28, 2009
GLENDALE — Eight hikers were rescued Saturday from hiking trails above Brand Park after they became dehydrated and exhausted from heat during their trek, fire officials said. Glendale firefighters searched the Verdugo mountainside for the hikers, who were members of a Los Angeles-based youth group, after receiving their cell-phone calls about 3:12 p.m. Saturday, Capt. Vincent Rifino said. “Definitely, heat was a factor,” he said. Temperatures reached 100 degrees Saturday afternoon, overwhelming the hikers on the trail, Rifino said.
FEATURES
April 3, 2009
Volunteer was worthy of News-Press spotlight We at PATH Achieve Glendale are happy to see volunteers such as Jerry Buchanan (“Upholding his principles,” March 26) get much-deserved credit for their dedication to helping homeless children. A client recently told us that when they came to our shelter, his daughter was performing well below her grade level. During their stay, the regular tutoring provided by School on Wheels helped the girl bring her grades up to better than grade level.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 11, 2011
Unseasonably cool temperatures and penny-pinching may be drawing more hikers to local mountains and trails, triggering an uptick in mountain rescues this year, officials said. So far this year, there have been 50 mountain rescues for the Verdugo region, which includes Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale and nine other foothill cities, said Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey. There were 56 rescues in all of 2010. He said there is a correlation between the number of hikers rescued and the economic recession.
NEWS
January 2, 2003
Ben Godar Mike Leum of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team has been named chief of mountain rescue for all of Los Angeles County, but he says he will still respond to calls for help on local hillsides. Sheriff Lee Baca appointed Leum to the post, which oversees eight search-and-rescue teams across the county. In the volunteer position, Leum will be responsible for coordinating training and equipment between the various teams and the Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
February 21, 2001
Josh Goldstein TUJUNGA -- Like they do on many Sunday afternoons, Mike Cloud and his friends set off into the local mountains to get away for a bit last weekend. But their usual couple of hours of exercise turned into an exercise in survival and lessons in the great outdoors. Cloud, 17, his 20-year-old brother, Steve, and two other friends went hiking about six miles north of Big Tujunga Canyon. Their hike through the trails got confusing as they wandered off the established path.
NEWS
December 28, 2011
 A 70-year-old man was taken to a local hospital Wednesday morning after he passed out while hiking in the Verdugo Mountains, officials said. The man, whose identity wasn't released, was hiking with a woman about 9:22 a.m. when he became unconscious atop a mountain ridge behind Brand Park on the 1600 block of Mountain Street, officials said. The woman began screaming for help, prompting a flurry of calls to Glendale police from other hikers concerned about her well being. Witnesses reported hearing her screams and seeing someone in a black hooded sweatshirt exit the mountain trails, Glendale Police Lt. Brian Cohen said.
NEWS
By Michael Minore | December 13, 2006
This is in response to Herbert Molano's Community Commentary letter on Dec. 6 ("He'll volunteer for fire duty"). I am a retired fire captain from the Los Angeles County Fire Department with 33 years of public service. After reading Molano's letter, it was obvious to me that he knows nothing about firefighters or fire departments. He suggests that Glendale should have a volunteer fire department, and that its members would be just as trained and just as effective as the present paid department.
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By Veronica Rocha , veronica.rocha@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
Unseasonably cool temperatures and penny-pinching may be drawing more hikers to local mountains and trails, triggering an uptick in mountain rescues this year, officials said. So far this year, there have been 50 mountain rescues for the Verdugo region, which includes Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale and nine other foothill cities, said Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Greg Godfrey. There were 56 rescues in all of 2010. He said there is a correlation between the number of hikers rescued and the economic recession.  “People are staying closer to home,” Godfrey said.
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NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | June 17, 2010
NORTHWEST GLENDALE — A man in his 60s, wounded after falling off a path in Brand Park on Tuesday night, was aided by fellow hikers before being rescued by helicopter, officials said. The hiker, whose name was not released, was walking alone on the Enriques Trail about 7 p.m. when he fell just south of the Verdugo Towers, Glendale Police Sgt. Steve Robertson said. He sustained cuts throughout his body, including a serious cut to his head. A Glendale police helicopter and officers spotted four people helping the hiker trek down the mountain, police said.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | December 3, 2009
GLENDALE — The number of people who had to be rescued from local hiking trails and parks has so far doubled from what it was last year, according to the Glendale Fire Department. Glendale firefighters typically respond to four rescue incidents each year that involve hikers stuck on mountain trails for various reasons. But this year, firefighters have performed eight mountain rescues, which officials attributed to out-of-town hikers who don’t realize the difficulty of some trails until it’s too late.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | September 28, 2009
GLENDALE — Eight hikers were rescued Saturday from hiking trails above Brand Park after they became dehydrated and exhausted from heat during their trek, fire officials said. Glendale firefighters searched the Verdugo mountainside for the hikers, who were members of a Los Angeles-based youth group, after receiving their cell-phone calls about 3:12 p.m. Saturday, Capt. Vincent Rifino said. “Definitely, heat was a factor,” he said. Temperatures reached 100 degrees Saturday afternoon, overwhelming the hikers on the trail, Rifino said.
FEATURES
April 3, 2009
Volunteer was worthy of News-Press spotlight We at PATH Achieve Glendale are happy to see volunteers such as Jerry Buchanan (“Upholding his principles,” March 26) get much-deserved credit for their dedication to helping homeless children. A client recently told us that when they came to our shelter, his daughter was performing well below her grade level. During their stay, the regular tutoring provided by School on Wheels helped the girl bring her grades up to better than grade level.
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