Firefighters' make daring helicopter recovery of 2 hikers

Fire chief says it was a difficult mission for everyone involved


By T.S. Last
The Albuquerque Journal

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Search and rescue personnel recovered the bodies of two men who fell to their deaths during separate incidents in the Jemez Mountains over the weekend.

While crews were in the process of recovering the body of 54-year-old hiker Thomas Ilg, of Los Alamos, on Saturday, a call came in reporting another death just a few miles away.

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