Conservation Officer James Cyrs, III
August 25, 2019
Shelburne, NH – Shortly before 5:30 P.M. on Sunday, August 25, 2019, Fish and Game was notified of a woman who had injured her foot while hiking the Carter-Moriah Trail.
Jill Duhaime, 43, of Mendon, MA, was descending the trail when she stumbled and sustained an injury after stepping on loose material. Duhaime attempted to continue down the trail with the injury but was unable to walk. After several attempts to continue down, she and her boyfriend realized that they would require assistance to get out of the woods. A call from a family member was made to 911 for assistance and was relayed to Fish and Game through Gorham Police Department Dispatch. The information was relayed that Duhaime was approximately 1 mile in from the trailhead of the Carter-Moriah Trail.
A Conservation Officer responded to the trailhead to begin an initial response to the injured hiker for assessment. Utilizing an ATV, the Conservation Officer made his way up the Carter-Moriah Trail to Mount Surprise where he continued on foot. After a short distance, Duhaime was located and an assessment of her injuries was conducted.
While she had attempted to self-extricate by “scooting” down the trail it was decided that transportation by ATV would be easier and would get her the medical attention she needed faster. The ATV was utilized to transport her slightly over two miles.
The Conservation Officer arrived at the trailhead at 8:45 p.m. with Duhaime. After being evaluated by Gorham EMS personnel, Duhaime declined transportation by ambulance and was driven from the trailhead to a hospital in a personal vehicle.