In November, two men heard cries for help during their hunting trip and found an injured man who had fallen 15-feet from a tree stand, according to reporter Donovan Long of News 8, an NBC-affiliate in Michigan.
The two West Michigan hunters stopped dead in their tracks as they heard panicked screams. They were heading home from their hunting excursion at Ionia State Recreation Area, but rushed to help the man in need.
“I hollered out ‘hello,’ and he’s like ‘help,’” Robert Lemire explained. “He was pretty messed up; he was laying between a couple of trees and he hit a couple on the way down.”
Lemire shared more details of the scary incident. He said he and his friend, Robert Terpstra, found the other hunter, Luke Miller, after he had fallen around 15 feet from his tree stand in a wooded area. Lemire immediately dialed 911 and Terpstra stayed with the injured hunter.
“He couldn’t move,” Terpstra said of Lemire’s condition. “He was paralyzed pretty much from the upper chest down.”
Hunters Save Miller’s Life, Reconnect Through Facebook
Since the accident occurred in November, Miller has not seen the two men who helped save his life that fateful day. He said he isn’t quite ready to speak on camera. However, he did pass on his many thanks and appreciation for the two hunters, according to News 8.
“When I meet the two men, I will praise them on how they saved my life, thank them for sticking by me until EMT and the fire department showed up … I’m not sure what would have happened if they did not find me,” Miller admitted.
Additionally, Miller’s mother mirrored her son’s comments and is very thankful for Lemire and Terpstra. Over the weekend, she posted on her Facebook account in hopes of finding the two hunters who helped her son. Her plan worked. In fact, a friend of Lemire came across her post and tagged him so the two could connect.
Lemire felt obliged to respond and was glad he could help. He and Terpstra don’t think of themselves as heroes, and say they were just in the right place at the right time.
“If it was one of my kids and somebody randomly helped them, I’d like to say thank you,” Lemire said. “I hope he finds a way to keep doing what he loves.”
Miller is currently going through the rehabilitation process and is still recovering at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. In addition to thanking the two hunters, he also thanked the rehab staff for helping him through the recent incident.
[H/T Wood TV]