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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-12-2020, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Found a suicidal man while hunting

I haven't been active here for a while, but I wanted to share an experience I had recently.

I decided to take advantage of the day off work by going flintlock hunting on New Years day. I had trouble waking up, but willpower prevailed and I made it to Goat Hill in Chester County by sunrise. There was one other car in the parking lot, which isn't unusual and I didn't really pay it any attention. I started walking out the electric right of way and after a couple hundred yards I spotted what looked like a campsite along the trail.

I saw what looked like a backpack and bedroll with some stuff around it laying on a blanket. I figured maybe someone camped out for New Years and was in the process of breaking camp. When I got closer, I saw feet,and realized it was a person in a coat and hiking pants curled up on the blanket. About the same time, he noticed me and sat up very startled.

I waved and said hello, trying to indicate that I was not threatening and intended to be on my way. I asked if he was alright, and he said, "I'm really sorry, but I'm very suicidal right now."

So of course I immediately walk over and ask how I can help. He starts hyperventilating and can't really talk, but I see a revolver on the ground beside him with a string tied to the grip. I point and tell him I'm going to take it, and he nods. The gun was cocked. After I lowered the hammer and unloaded the gun he started to calm down, so I asked what was going on. He said he didn't want to talk. I told him I'd call for help and he said ok.

After what felt like forever talking the Lancaster county 911 dispatch, then the Chester county dispatch, then the State Police, I was told police were on their way. He then wanted to walk back to the parking area so the emergency personnel wouldn't make such a scene getting to him, so I walked him back up. I noticed he had his driver's license taped to his leg.

When the cops came I went to case my flinter, and that's when noticed a note on the back of his car. It said, "Please call the state police to recover my body" and had the phone number. I walked one of the officers out to get the rest of his stuff, which included a flashlight and backpack, a hip flask, water, a pack of smokes and a lighter, and a rosary. The cop told me there was a body bag in the car. The guy went out there ready to do it.

I don't know much about the guy besides his first name and age, which obviously I'm not posting online. He told the cops he was a veteran and a shooting instructor. Obviously they took him to the hospital for a mental health evaluation.

So yeah, not the way I was hoping to start my year, but man it could have gone a lot differently. If you know someone who's going through a tough time, struggling with depression or the like, please check in with them.

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I’m glad you took the time to stop and talk to him and get him help. Hopefully you gave him another chance at life. One that he will appreciate and cherish.
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You handled the situation well ... good job on saving a life !

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Wow, your New year hopefully helped him start a new life, It's great you care enough to stop and help a stranger.
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very nice of you to get involved and help someone out who needed help. you made a new friend in the new year and saved his life. I`m sure when he gets himself straighten out . he will be very appreciated and will have a better outlook on life.
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post #6 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-12-2020, 08:07 AM
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You may not have known it at the time, but you were sent to that spot to intervene. We are all in line to leave this place and it was not his time to go, thanks to you and the guy who sent you there, you put him back in line...Good Job....


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Thanks for sharing and showing the way to handle a delicate problem. I sure hope the gentleman gets the help needed and again thank you for saving a mans lfe.
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Good job, you did well. A lot of folks would of just walked by, not taking the time to be friendly and find out what was going on. You saved that man’s life..
Glad to see your still around. There was a thread a few weeks back on where you been, and what happened to you.
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Well done.... Hippie.
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post #10 of 50 (permalink) Old 01-12-2020, 08:59 AM
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You handled the situation perfect. You never know what your emotions will do in a situation like this, but it sounds like you did everything right. I’m sure this man and his family ave very happy you were in the area that morning. You were meant to be there that day..
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