Saturday CHP Valley Division’s air unit executed three successful air rescues in a matter of hours.
What started out as a routine mountain bike excursion for 17-year-old Cameron Boggs ended in an airlift trip to Sutter Roseville hospital.
"Of course the fear and the anxiety starts to build a little bit,” said Kara Cotton, Boggs’ mother. Boggs is part of a mountain biking team, no stranger to the trails. Saturday, Cotton got a call no mother wants to get.
"He had taken a spill and hit his head and was unconscious,” Boggs said.
Enter Flight Officer Paramedic Matt Calcutt in the CHP helicopter -- already in the air, coming back from his second rescue of the day.
"We're able to direct ground crews into his exact location,” said Calcutt.
Culvert Trail off Forest Hill road in Auburn -- terrain that's too rugged to land. Within a matter of minutes they had Boggs in what officers call a hoist.
“You fly with him, the patient on the outside of the aircraft to get to a point where you can bring them into the aircraft,” said Calcutt.
"I mean they do their job and they do it well, I couldn't ask for much more,” said Cotton.
Boggs injuries were bad -- a concussion, scrapes and bruises and damage to his spleen.
Cotton says doctors are confident he'll make a full recovery. While Cotton calls the CHP air unit’s members heroes, the officers themselves are a little more humble about that title.
"For us it's our day-to-day job. We love what we do,” said Calcutt.
A mother, concerned and reassured, loves it too.
Because he has spleen damage, doctors want to keep Boggs at the hospital for a couple of days. According to his mother, he's talking and seems to be recovering well.