Person of the Week: Jenni Hanson and Zach Painter
For this week’s Person of the Week, we’re actually honoring two conservation officers who rescued stranded snowmobilers.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers Jenni Hanson and Zach Painter — who usually patrol Gogebic County — were working near Bergland with another officer.
They were policing careless snowmobiling when one of the members from an original group of seven or eight snowmobilers made his way back 10 or 15 miles to the Konteka Black Bear Resort in White Pine.
Police were alerted that 4 riders had not kept up with the group and became stuck in slush in the middle of the river.
The officers found the four riders walking downstream – one of which was showing signs of hypothermia, and another one who began showing signs of hypothermia on the way back.
They were given warm hats and gloves, water, and granola bars and were loaded into heated vehicles after the 2 hour walk back.
Jenni Hanson said, “By walking, they pretty much saved their lives. They kept warm by walking.”
For acting in a life or death situation, Jenni Hanson and Zach Painter receive this week’s title of Person of the Week.
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