J.O.H. Gaetan Fortin saved Jean-Pierre Benard from exposure, Ste. Antoine-Abbe, Quebec, December 12, 1980. Benard, 29, sustained a severely cut leg while felling trees in a remote area of rough terrain that was not accessible to vehicles. A rescue party reached him but could not remove him by stretcher. Fortin, 49, construction company executive, was notified and, despite a blinding snowstorm, flew his helicopter to the scene and landed it in a small clearing cut by the rescue party. He took Benard aboard and flew with him through the storm to a hospital, where Benard was treated for his injury.
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