It had been about a year since a group of Madison Firefighters were called to a rual area outside of the Dodge County community of Iron Ridge to search for three teenage boys who had wandered into a large, abandoned, and very dangerous mine. Madison Fire Department Public Information Officer Cynthia Schuster has written this really interesting blog on the event and it features interviews with a number of the rescuers involved. I urge you to read the blog.
Pictured below are some of the rescuers involved in the Neda Mine operation: (L-R) Firefighter Arthur Dinkins, Firefighter Michael O'Connell, Firefighter Cory Hesseling, Acting Lieutenant Eric Fredrickson (search leader), Lt. Ryan Stebnitz, Firefighter Josh Balli, and Firefighter/Paramedic Kevin McDonald.
Not pictured: Asst. Chief Clay Christenson (search command), Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Phillipson, AE Wade Raddatz, and Firefighter Richard Scott.
It is a fascinating story of teamwork, perseverance, patience and yes, a little luck. Thanks to the firefighters for their incredible work, and thanks to Cynthia for sharing their stories.