Rangers Larson, Woodmencey, Jackson and Harrington received the Department of the Interior's prestigious Medal of Valor Award in September of this year. It was presented to them in Washington by Secretary of the Interior Donald P. Hodel.
Findley said later, "I know it's their job. But they care." And Johnson says of his rescuers, "It takes somebody extraordinary to want to head up a mountain at night in a storm to rescue a stranger."
"This is a tight crew," Armington says. "There is a degree of professional and personal sharing which I have rarely seen. It's outright friendship. And they are dedicated to the backcountry." He smiles. "I love these guys. There isn't one of them that is even average.
"Were their lives in danger? No. We never risk a rescuer. It's like Renny said to the papers, the rescue was more a discounting of personal comfort than any risk of personal safety. These guys have judgment, skill, experience and a strong desire not to die."