The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 10, 2013

3 will be honored for rescuing hunter

The Tribune-Democrat

— A Johnstown man, a Brush Valley resident and a state police trooper from the Indiana station will be honored at 1 p.m. today for saving the life of a hunter Nov. 10.

State police spokesman John Matchik said Alex Goodman of Johnstown, Scott McCully of the Brush Valley area and Trooper James Fry will receive their honors at the Indiana station of the state police.

The hunter was injured while trying to climb down from his tree stand, Matchik said. The man’s feet were still strapped in, and he broke both ankles. While hanging upside down, the hunter began to yell for help.

Goodman, the man’s hunting partner, heard his cries for help and responded. He was unable to free his friend but held him in a way that took some weight off the broken bones. They both continued to yell for help, Matchik said.

McCully, who had just arrived home from a separate hunting trip, heard faint yells in the distance. Realizing they were cries for help, he notified authorities.

Fry immediately called for the Brush Valley fire company to help. Rescuers found the men and safely removed the trapped man from the tree stand.

Indiana County Deputy Coroner Jerry Overman, who was at the scene, told police that the hunter would have perished without the quick actions of all involved, especially Goodman, Matchik said.

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