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    Serving the community: 52BEB Soldier assists in finding missing Pikes Peak hiker

    Serving the community: 52BEB Soldier assists in finding missing Pikes Peak hiker

    Photo By Staff Sgt. Gabrielle Pena | Chief Warrant Officer 2 Erik Mohr, battalion maintenance technician with Company E,...... read more read more

    It was a typical day for Chief Warrant Officer 2 Erik Mohr on March 29 after spending the day at work. That changed when he received a call from El Paso County Search and Rescue: a hiker was reported missing on Pikes Peak.

    Mohr, battalion maintenance technician, assigned to Company E, 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, has volunteered with EPSCR since 2020.

    “I wanted to serve my community,” said Mohr. “I always wanted to volunteer for something; I love mountaineering, rock climbing so I thought this matched my skillset while also serving my community.”

    “(Michael Ransom) had been reported missing around 3 p.m. (March 29),” said Mohr. “There was a blizzard that was coming in and hit the peak so they could not send a team that night.”

    It was not until early the following morning that Mohr and two rescue teams reported to the rescue base to begin their search of the missing hiker by climbing to the summit and working their way down.

    “There were pretty gnarly conditions (at the mountain),” said Mohr. “Tons of snow; there were some white out conditions.”

    Mohr and the volunteers began their trek down the mountain despite the conditions, calling out for the missing hiker as quickly as possible.

    “My team was hollering out trying to find the hiker using auditory signaling to see if we could get a response.”

    A whistle eventually came from a distance, prompting Mohr to contact the second team via radio to investigate where the sound was coming from.

    After 18 hours of searching, Ransom was found.

    “Patriots are driven by our deep devotion and love for each other,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Hassell, commander of 52nd BEB, 2SBCT, 4th Inf. Div. “CW2 Mohr’s example in maintaining the ‘send me’ mentality is what drives our team to never leave a comrade on the battlefield or a stranger on Pikes Peak.”



    Date Taken: 04.13.2022
    Date Posted: 04.14.2022 13:01
    Story ID: 418460
    Location: FORT CARSON, CO, US 

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