This was just shared on Pemi S&R FB page... I'm sharing it here as I think it's a good example of how not everyone who needs a rescue was being careless. Sometimes shit happens. When it does, it's great to see a response like this one;
"A thank you note from our December 27 carryout from the rescued person, Peter Hapgood.
Dear Search and Rescue Volunteers,
My name is Peter Hapgood, though you may know me better as Callout #15. I want to thank each and every one of you that put your life on hold to come to my assistance on the Old Bridle Path on December 27th. I was overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity and compassion of the 25 volunteers that braved the cold and dark to assist a hiker in need.
Earlier that day, my hike on Mount Lafayette was interrupted by a twist, a fall and a crunch. Though I'd never broken a bone before, I knew in an instant that something unfortunate and irreversible had just occurred. From where I landed I was able to trace with my eyes the contour of the ridge I'd need to descend to get back to the trailhead. It would be 3-1/2 miles down a steep, rocky, snow & ice covered trail. I rested for a bit before getting up and trying to walk, but when I did it was obvious that I wouldn't be able to manage the descent on my own.
I was relieved to discover I had cell phone reception, and dialed 911. They listened as I sheepishly explained my predicament, then patched the call over to the NH Fish and Game Department. Without a trace of hesitation, I was told that a team of rescuers would come to my assistance. Within 45 minutes after making that call, I had the good fortune of meeting Jeff and JoAnn Fongemie. Without even discussing it amongst themselves they altered their plans. They spent the next 8 hours keeping me company, carrying my pack and assisting the other rescuers. My wait would have been very lonely without them.
It never escaped me just how hard each of you was working to lower me down the trail. You each made me feel like there was no other place that you'd rather be. In just a few short hours, you transported me from a world of darkness, snow and ice, to the comfort & warmth of an ambulance. I don't believe I've ever been so happy to smell diesel fumes!
I was sad to learn that one of the members of the SAR team sustained an injury during the decent. I hope it was minor and that recovery is quick.
You didn't have to drop everything to come to the mountain. You didn't have to carry all that gear up just to turn around and come right back down. You didn't have to come to my rescue...but you did. And for that I am eternally grateful.
Thank you to James Kneeland for providing telephone updates to my wife throughout the afternoon and evening. To all the volunteers of the Mountain Rescue Service, the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, the New Hampshire Fish & Game Department & the U.S. Forest Service: Thank you, thank you, thank you!"