|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.
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