Neil D. Zander helped to save William G. Loomis from possible death from exposure, Pomeroy, Washington, November 9, 1973. When he was accidentally shot while in a remote section of a national forest, Loomis, 41, was given emergency treatment by others and taken to the top of a snow-covered ridge in anticipation of being removed by helicopter. Zander, 39, forester, accompanied a helicopter pilot on the rescue mission even though darkness already had fallen and fog was settling in. The pilot flew a circuitous route to avoid the fog as much as possible and landed at the ridge in a small clearing lit by several bonfires. Zander, who had aided in the flight by his knowledge of the area, assisted with Loomis as the pilot again avoided the fog as best he, could on the trip to a hospital. Loomis recovered despite loss of one arm and one eye.
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