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Heart Attack Fells Hunter in Stewart State Forest

A 55-year-old hunter died of a heart attack Thursday in the Stewart State Forest.

Town police said the hunter (name withheld at the request of the family), of the hamlet of Wallkill, had gone hunting with his son and several friends in the forest on Stewart Airport property around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. The hunter separated from the others at a tree stand about half a mile into the woods.

When the hunter did not meet the others at a prearranged spot, they went looking for him and found him dead beneath the tree stand.

Town police were called shortly before 7:30 p.m. and, with members of the New Windsor Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Mobile Life Support Services, carried the hunter's body out through thick brush and swamp in the dark. Several other police, fire and public service agencies assisted at the scene.

Police said a medical examination indicated the hunter did not fall from the tree stand but suffered the fatal heart attack while on the ground.

New Windsor (NY) Journal News.

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