(11/07/2001)
By Bob Weaver

Rescuers discover hunter over steep hill. Deputy Sheriff Ron Bandy (L)

" Calhoun EMS transfers man from 4 x 4 truck to ambulance along Rt. 5

A Grantsville man was rescued last night as chilling temperatures settled over a heavily wooded area above the Little Kanawha River off Route 5, east of Grantsville. Rondal "Elic" Stull, 66, was discovered incapacitated in a heavily wooded area about 7:30 pm, seven and one-half hours after he went squirrel hunting. Family members failed to find the man in the hillside woods.

Stull was unable to move and appeared disoriented as rescuers from the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department found him, 75 feet down from the crest of a hill. Fire Chief Dave Johnson said the man apparently became ill, dropped his gun and tumbled over the hill. He had a squirrel in his pocket.

Rescuers used a basket with line to move the man up the steep hillside, after he was administered emergency care.

Sheriff Parsons has conference with fire department volunteers

VFD assembles equipment for rescue

Sheriff Allen Parsons said it was a great stroke of luck finding the man after the first call was received at dark, about 6 pm. "These folks did a wonderful job" he said, referring to the local volunteer fire department and EMS workers. "This could have been a really bad ordeal with a bad ending."

About twenty-five members of the Grantsville Volunteer Fire Department and Calhoun EMS went to the scene with Sheriff Allen Parsons and Deputy Ron Bandy. Stull was taken to Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center for treatment.

Emergency care administered hunter

Workers take victim up the mountain

EMS workers place victim on 4 x 4 truck for trip to main road


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