Dorothy Klishevich with rescuers CHP Officers Mark Uhlenburg and David White
SACRAMENTO, CA - A retired prosecutor who became separated from her two grandsons while hiking in the Sierra was rescued Tuesday by a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew from Auburn.
Dorothy Klishevich, 67, said she became distracted by her 7-month-old puppy and missed a fork in the trail in a remote area about 20 miles south of Interstate 80 in Placer County.
Her grandsons, 12 and 13, had gone ahead of her.
"I cannot express the feeling of not knowing where my grandsons were," Klishevich said.
Klishevich found a high spot to get a cell signal and called 911.
"I told them I'm on a mountain and I'm lost and I don't know where my grandsons are and I need help," she said.
A CHP helicopter from Auburn with pilot Mark Uhlenburg and flight officer/paramedic David White was overhead within a half hour, guided to Klishevich's location by a Placer County sheriff's dispatcher who was on the phone with her.
Meantime, a Placer County sheriff's deputy found the two boys in the bed of Klishevich's pickup truck playing cards.
Klishevich, who retired from the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office, considers herself an experienced hiker with a good sense of direction, but admits learning something from the experience.
"Even when you know what you're doing, it's a good idea to not lose focus and get careless," she said.