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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