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UT: Wounded hunter from Roy says he is 'lucky' to be alive

October 24, 2012

By Scott Schwebke, Standard.net

OGDEN — From his bed at McKay-Dee Hospital, Jonathon Pettit issued an emotional written statement Tuesday saying divine intervention saved him after an accidental shooting on the opening day of the state’s rifle deer season.
 
“There is no doubt in my mind that I was protected,” Pettit, a 53-year-old Roy resident, said in the statement recounting his harrowing tale of survival. “The gunshot should have killed me. I am so grateful that I found the strength to survive.”
 
Pettit was hunting Saturday in a remote area near Snowville between Kelton and Locomotive Springs and had just removed his antique .36-caliber Navy muzzleloader pistol from his truck when the gun discharged.
 
“It (the bullet) entered my right side and traveled up my body and lodged on my back bone.”

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