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UMass student Michael Grunwald rescued after fall on Mount Sugarloaf

Recorder/David Rainville
Emergency personnel work their way up the backside of Sugarloaf Mountain, to where a 20-year-old man had fallen nearly 100 feet Saturday afternoon.

Recorder/David Rainville Emergency personnel work their way up the backside of Sugarloaf Mountain, to where a 20-year-old man had fallen nearly 100 feet Saturday afternoon.

SOUTH DEERFIELD — An area college student had to be rescued from the hillside after a steep fall down Mount Sugarloaf Saturday afternoon.

Greenfield Fire Chief Michael Winn said the man was from the Amherst area and out on a trip with his fraternity brothers.

“What was described to me was a relatively innocent adventure that turned into him losing his footing,” Winn said.

As described to him, the man fell between 60 and 100 feet, Winn said, but was conscious and talking when rescuers reached him and his principle complaints were of hip and shoulder pain.

Deerfield Police identified the man as Michael Grunwald, 20, a University of Massachusetts student.

Firefighters were called to the state park at about 4:41 p.m. for a report of a man who had fallen down the mountain. Crews from South Deerfield, Greenfield, and Turners Falls staged on Beaver Drive, and from there climbed the wooded hillside to perform a high-angle rescue.

Winn said rescuers climbed the mountainside to reach the man then packaged him in a Stokes rescue basket and lowered him downhill in a series of controlled stages.

Meanwhile, a LifeFlight helicopter ambulance landed at the South Deerfield fire station. By 7 p.m. the man was rescued and flown to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester for treatment.

The hospital listed Grunwald in stable condition Sunday evening.

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