Sergeant Kevin Bronson
May 18, 2020

Jaffrey, NH – At approximately 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, an emergency call was received regarding a hiker in distress on the White Cross Trail in Monadnock State Park. James Littlefield of Jaffrey, NH was hiking down White Cross trail when he injured his leg at approximately 5:10 p.m.

Jaffrey, Peterborough, Dublin, Rindge, Troy, Fitzwilliam, New Ipswich Fire Departments, Monadnock State Park members, Upper Valley Search and Rescue and NH Fish and Game Conservation Officers responded. A total of 43 rescuers were needed to execute the rescue. Recovery was made at Monadnock State Park at 10:40 p.m. Jaffrey Ambulance transported Littlefield to Cheshire Medical Center where he received treatment for a lower leg injury. Improper hiking attire was a major contributing factor for Littlefield’s injury.

New Hampshire Fish and Game reminds hikers that many injuries and rescue efforts can be avoided with responsible preparation and proper gear. Visit for a list of recommended hiking equipment. Outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Hike Safe card at The card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue activities and training.