Westford K-9 Team & State Police Helicopter Rescue Hiker Lost in Audubon Wood
by Connie Sartini
Groton Police Department issued the following release:
“On Monday February 11, 2019 at approximately 4 p.m., Groton Police responded to Cardinal Lane for a report of an overdue hiker. A Groton man reported that he and his wife were hiking on Audubon property when she intended to go to their car and return to him on the trail system. When she did not return, he searched for her and found that she had not made it to their car.
A K9 team from Westford was deployed with a Groton Officer. The Groton Fire Department responded with personnel and equipment were able to search a large area of the conservation property. With darkness setting in the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing provided a helicopter which assisted with the search. At approximately 6 p.m. the female hiker came in contact with other hikers who had a cell phone and she was able to call her husband. Due to the dark conditions and with the assistance of the air wing, it took 45 minutes for Officers to direct the hikers to safety. The hikers were checked out by Fire personnel and no injuries reported. Additional resources from the Northeastern Law Enforcement Council were responding at the time contact was made with the hikers.”
Groton Police Chief Michael Luth stressed that “the ability to get resources, such as a K9 Unit, deployed in a timely manner can greatly impact the outcome.”
K-9 Gift Fund
At the same time as the search for the lost hiker was underway, the Select Board was meeting and voting to establish a K-9 Gift Fund to secure a Canine Officer for Groton following the loss of the beloved Officer Lola and to provide assistance with the continuing costs for medical, insurance and other needs.
Town Manager Mark Haddad advised that the donations to date have reached $9,520, plus another $2,700 from the Lawrence Academy student-initiated Go Fund Me page. He added that Groton School has also contributed $1,000 to the effort.
Residents who would like to participate can send their donation to the Select Board Office, Town Hall, 173 Main Street, 01450