Snowmobilers assist in rescue at Pittsfield State Forest


PITTSFIELD -- Several recreational snowmobile riders teamed up with city firefighters and park rangers Sunday afternoon to rescue a stricken cross country skier at Pittsfield State Forest.

Around 2:45 p.m., the Pittsfield Fire Department received a 911 call of an unidentified 57-year-old woman having a seizure while skiing with her husband on a trail, about quarter-mile from the park’s ski lodge, according to rescuers at the scene.

Several firefighters and two state Department of Conservation and Recreation staff members on duty at the state forest responded to the scene, with the help of some winter enthusiasts enjoying the recent heavy snowfall.

"We had some civilian snowmobilers help locate her. We appreciate that," said fire Capt. Andrew Stephenson.

Stephenson says the woman, whose name wasn’t immediately known, was alert when rescuers reached her. About an hour later, she was brought down the trail in the fire department’s six-wheel all terrain vehicle and taken to Berkshire Medical Center for treatment. Her condition was unknown as of Sunday night.

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