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PA: Crews Rescue Hunter From Penn Township Hillside

Crews Rescue Hunter From Penn Township Hillside

60-Year-Old Hunter Needs Rescue From Westmoreland County Woods

December 27, 2010

PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Rescue crews had to use ropes and other equipment on Monday to reach a hunter suffering from a heart condition in the woods in Westmoreland County. Channel 4 Action News' Jennifer Miele reported that a 60-year-old hunter was trapped deep in some woods in Penn Township near Gornick and Meadowbrook roads at about 11 a.m. “He was feeling chest pains, getting weak and dizzy. As far as I know he is (an avid hunter),” said friend Gene Gornick. Crews told Miele they had to navigate the steep terrain and thick woods to rescue the man. “It was a considerable hillside we had to come down off of, and the snow, cold and the ice up there made it even worse, so that if we would have just tried to walk down this hillside, most of us would probably just slide down to the bottom. We used ropes called a SKED to slide the patient down the hillside,” said Jason Fait, of Rescue 6 Ambulance. Miele reported rescue crews were able to get the man to safety within an hour of being called. “We're very appreciative they were able to come down that fast and get him to safety as quick as they did,” said Gornick. The hunter was taken to West Penn Forbes Regional hospital in Monroeville, where he was expected to be OK, Miele reported.

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