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Hiker dies after medical emergency on Montgomery County trail

WUSA-TV Washington, D.C. logo WUSA-TV Washington, D.C. 7/21/2019 Lauryn Froneberger
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A hiker died at a local hospital after suffering a medical emergency on a Montgomery County trail on Saturday. 

More than a dozen first responders located the hiker on Billy Goat Trail around 2 p.m. that afternoon. Several people walking by came to the aid of the hiker and called 911 for help. 

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The hiker was taken to a local hospital by a U.S. Park Police helicopter, where they later died. Authorities have not identified the hiker at this time.

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The hiker's emergency was believed to be related to the extreme heat, Pete Piringer, spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services said. 

Billy Goat Trail is closed Sunday due to extreme heat. 

Hikers (and those walking or running in extreme heat conditions) are reminded to carry at least two liters of water per person in order to stay hydrated. 

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