ALEXANDER -- A hunter was listed in serious condition today at
Erie County Medical Center with injuries suffered when he fell at
least 30 feet from a portable tree stand Tuesday evening, officials
John P. Starkweather, 44, of Bethany as was deer hunting from the
tree stand in a wooded area off the south side of Gilhooly Road
Tuesday evening. He was climbing down from the stand when a branch
he was using as a step broke, Genesee County Sheriff's officials
Starkweather fell to the ground, then called 911 from his cell
Sheriff's officials said the injured hunter wasn't able to give his
location but dispatchers pinpointed where he was using his cell
phone's GPS locator.
Members of the Alexander Fire Department rescued Starkweather
from the woods. He was airlifted by Mercy Flight to ECMC.
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