Residents of Fort St. John made it their mission to reunite Yukon with his family for the Christmas season. They took to social media to post sightings of the dog. People were out there feeding him. Finally, after being on the run and hiding for a week, Yukon was caught. However, the family still had to figure out how to bring him home. John contacted trucking companies to find Yukon a ride home. Everybody I talk to, nobody can believe this happened the way that it did. Get a roundtrip of the most important and intriguing national stories delivered to your inbox ever weekday.
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World Canada Local. Full Menu Search Menu. Close Local your local region National. Search Submit search Suggested Search. Spirit of the Season. Close X. By Kim Smith Global News. After his last race, at 84, he was inducted into the Mushers Hall of Fame. Another time my sled crashed, fell on top of me and cracked six of my ribs.
It was 30 below and it took 30 hours before anyone could come and evacuate me. He grew up in Salem, Mass. The son of a successful leather tanner, Vaughan dropped out of Harvard in to run a dog team for British medical missionary Sir Wilfred Grenfell in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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After the Byrd expedition, Vaughan worked in advertising and sales and played semiprofessional football. He won a spot representing the U. Although he was 36 when the U. He trained sled dogs and their drivers, retrieved a secret Norden bombsight from a downed plane in Greenland and helped rescue stranded pilots. After heading search and rescue for the North Atlantic division of the International Civil Aviation Organization, an arm of the United Nations, Vaughan was back in uniform during the Korean War, this time working in psychological warfare at the Pentagon.
Eventually Vaughan opened a snowmobile dealership in Ipswich, Mass. In , to advertise his business, he set a long-distance record, driving an early snowmobile the 5, miles from Anchorage to Boston.
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But winters with little snow made the machines hard to sell, and he went broke. Escaping failed business efforts and failed marriages, he moved to Alaska at age 67 -- shoveling snow and washing dishes until he landed a job as a janitor at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. The move only accelerated his thirst for adventure. Sponsored by co-workers, he began training a dog team for his first Iditarod. When Pope John Paul II visited Alaska in , Vaughan taught him to drive his dogsled -- after bullet-proofing a cab to satisfy security requirements.
In , Vaughan founded what has now become known as the Norman Vaughan Serum 25 Run, miles from Nenana to Nome to commemorate a historic Alaska diphtheria serum relay run by dogsled. Then 92, Vaughan completed the day trip by snowmobile. In addition to his wife, Carolyn, Vaughan is survived by a son, Jerry; a daughter, Jackie Lee; a sister, Janice Snow; and several grandchildren. About Us.
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