Facebook post helps lead to rescue of fallen, injured mountain climber

Facebook has been credited with a lot of things, but never for helping to rescue a man off the side of a mountain. Until now.

In late September, Jeff Lodico had just reached the summit of Snowmass when he fell at least 20 feet.  He fell in an area that was tough to reach.

 One of those to read about his dire straits on Facebook was Dr. Jon Kedrowski.  An accomplished hiker and author living in Vail, Kedrowski headed up early the next morning to find Lodico.

After a few hours, he reached the fallen and injured hiker.

 A search-and-rescue helicopter would do the rest and airlift Lodico to safety.  After spending 2 weeks at Swedish Medical Center, Lodico is back home and recovering. 

He has nothing but praise for his fellow hiker.  “It was kind of random that Jon heard about it and did what he did.  When you think about it, it is kind of amazing.  He’s a pretty amazing guy.”

Kedrowski, a Colorado native, climbed to the top of Mt. Everest, the world’s highest mountain, in May.