When heavy fog forced a Canadian Armed Forces helicopter crew to make an emergency landing near Yale, B.C., they were not expecting what happened. The crew, which included a B.C. doctor, had been helping flood-impacted patients in the region. A sandbank by the Fraser River was the only spot wide enough, but the pilot worried the river would flood. Yale resident Randall Gardner suggested a better spot uphill - and then sawed down trees to create a makeshift landing pad. Someone from the Hope fire department offered his cabin in Yale for the night, and local people made grilled cheese sandwiches and soup for the crew. One of the trees will be Gardner's Christmas tree.

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