Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Reporter Cathy Frye Stable After Rescue From Texas Park

by Nomaan Merchant  on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 2:48 pm  

Amy Upshaw Webb, a close friend and former colleague of the couple, said she took comfort in knowing that Frye was a seasoned reporter who had covered major disasters, including the 2010 flooding at an Arkansas campground that killed 20 people.

"She's a preparer," Webb said. "If anybody could be prepared for something like this, I'm sure Cathy at one time or another read about this type of situation."

She had. Frye told the newspaper that she had read that those who survive her kind of ordeal try to stay in place during the hottest times of the day.

Game wardens cleared brush to make room for a helicopter to land. She was eventually flown by private plane to El Paso.

David Bailey, managing editor of the Democrat-Gazette, received the text message from McFarland after noon Sunday. He said his staff's collective mood went from "really, really somber to ecstatic in a heartbeat."

"I think we're all just exhausted now, but it's happy exhaustion," Bailey said.

Frye joined the newspaper in 1999 and is a past winner of the Livingston Award given to journalists under the age of 35. McFarland joined the staff in 1992. The two sometimes work together on assignments.

Associated Press writers Jill Bleed and Andrew DeMillo in Little Rock contributed to this report.

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