Kato’s humans knew he was in distress on the hiking trail; Evergreen first responders were glad to help

Members of the Evergreen Fire Rescue crew carried Kato to safety using the same techniques they use to aid human patients.


The hardworking first-responders with Evergreen Fire Rescue in Evergreen, CO, are used to getting rescue calls about hikers. This past weekend, however, the patient stranded on the Maxwell Falls trail — a 5-year-old — was described as dehydrated and hairy, weighing in at 120 pounds.

It was Kato, a Great Pyrenees who, while alert, was stuck about a mile from the trailhead and needed help getting back.

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