FRANCONIA — A man who died after a medical emergency while on a hike in August has been identified as Christopher Purinton, 62, of Nashua.

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Conservation officers said Purinton was hiking with his wife Rachael Purinton on Aug. 26 near Owl’s Head Mountain in Franconia.

Members of the Pemigewasset Valley Search and Rescue Team, along with conservation officers from New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, responded and prepared to carry out the hikers.

An Army National Guard helicopter flew to the remote location and lowered a medic to the ground, according to the Fish and Game Department. The Purintons were then hoisted on board and taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Christopher Purinton was pronounced dead at the hospital.

According to an obituary published in the Sunday News, Purinton was a native of Hanover, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Instead of flowers, Purinton’s family asked for donations to the Pemigewasset Valley Search & Rescue Association at

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