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September 10, 2010

Paralyzed hunter to share safety story with youth

MUSKEGON COUNTY (WZZM) - A West Michigan man is turning his own life-altering injury into a lesson for young hunters.

The 17th Annual Sportsmen for Youth, Youth Day will introduce Muskegon County children to the great outdoors. This year, participants will hear first hand how quickly hunting accidents can happen.

In an instant, Geoff Newmyer's getaway in the woods went from peaceful to life-changing. He broke his back in a fall from high in a tree while hunting.

"I have not had the function of my legs since the accident," says Newmyer.

Newmyer hopes those who attend Saturday's Sportsmen for Youth event will pay close attention to his tree safety demonstration, encouraging all hunters to use safety harnesses, and special climbing ropes.

"I sure wish I had took the time to use the things available," says Newmyer. "You have got to be safe while you are doing it. I just want them to be safe."

Youth Day runs from 9:00am to 3:00pm Saturday at the Muskegon County Fair Grounds on Heights Ravenna Road. The event is free and includes a free lunch and t-shirt for those who attend.

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