Michigan DNR Employees Honored for Rescuing Lost Snowmobilers

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5 employees were recently honored for helping rescue two snowmobilers lost in the Porcupine Mountains in January.

Four Porcupine Mountains State Park staff – Justin Farley, David Merk, Jimmy Newkirk and Emily Pleiness – and William Doan, Parks and Recreation's western U.P. district supervisor, received DNR Director’s Awards at last week's meeting of the Natural Resources Commission in Roscommon. Each also received a special recognition plaque from the office of Governor Rick Snyder.

This recognition is a tribute to our dedicated personnel in every state park and recreation area throughout Michigan, who are well trained and always prepared to assist in any situation,” said DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson.

A father and son from Albertville, Minnesota became stranded in the Mountains, forcing park staff to search in sub-zero temperatures and blizzard conditions. Whiteout conditions made an aerial search impossible, so park staff had to go by foot using snowshoes to search for the men.

When they were eventually located, the men were showing signs of hypothermia, but were otherwise conscious and alert.

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