When Billings resident, Bill Renney, broke his leg while on a solo backpacking trip in the rugged, Beartooth mountains, he wasn’t sure what his fate would be but he knew he couldn’t panic. Luckily, Renney packed a first-aid kit he’d received from St. Vincent Healthcare at a promotional event last summer and used the medical tape from the kit to write the word “HELP” in large letters on the outside wall of his tent. Twenty hours after his injury, a couple hikers passed by and saw Renney’s distress signal and hiked out to call 911. Renney was rescued and carried down the trail by the Red Lodge Search and Rescue team to a clearing and was picked up by St. Vincent Healthcare’s HELP Flight helicopter.
Click here to read the full story written by Billings Gazette reporter, Zach Benoit.