KILLINGTON - On Sept. 11, multiple agencies were called upon to
locate a subject from Maine who may have been experiencing a mental
health crisis. Through information gathered by the Vermont State
Police, it was believed the subject could be suicidal and may be
located in an area from the Killington Peak to Deer Leap.
Search and Rescue teams made up of members from Vermont State
Police, Department Of Motor Vehicles (DMV), Killington Police
Department and Killington Search And Rescue (KSAR) participated in
the search. Vermont State Police and DMV also provided K9's to
assist with the search and Killington Search and Rescue (KSAR), a
volunteer search and rescue organization, provided members to
assist in guiding the search teams.
The teams staged at the bottom of Killington resort until they
ascended to the Peak, where they began the descent.
"The extreme weather conditions, rugged terrain, distance covered,
time of night and the nature of the call made this search
especially difficult," stated Chief Montgomery of the Killington
Police Department. The search teams covered approximately seven
miles of back country, starting at Killington Peak radio antennas
and searching the wilderness until they reached the parking lot
across from The Inn At The Long Trail.
The subject was eventually located and transported by Regional
Ambulance Service to Rutland Hospital with unknown medical
"It is nice when state and local agencies, volunteer groups, and
private business work together to attain results. When DMV provides
a K9 and officer to work with VSP and the Killington Police; when
KSAR provides members to help guide the trails and the Killington
Resort allows the use of their facilities to stage in, it shows how
important it is to work together and how it can be done effectively
and with a positive outcome," said Montgomery.