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Hunter seriously injured in fall

November 2, 2011

By Maki Becker, BuffaloNews.com

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 said.

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 said.

Starkweather fell to the ground, then called 911 from his cell phone.
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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