Zionsville Times Sentinel

November 21, 2012

Lebanon man hurt in fall from tree stand


Zionsville Times Sentinel

LEBANON — Another Lebanon resident has been injured in a fall from a tree stand.

Samuel Shepherd, 64, of Lebanon, was in critical condition with broken bones and internal injuries when he arrived at St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, Saturday, Nov. 17, Conservation Officer Cpl. Blaine R. Gillan of the Department of Natural Resources said in a press release.

A St. Vincent Hospital spokeswoman said Shepherd was in good condition Monday afternoon, Nov. 19. Under the hospital’s condition definitions, that means Shepherd is “conscious and comfortable” with vital signs within normal limits.

Rescuers found Shepherd at the base of a tree in eastern Montgomery County after his grandson alerted authorities when he failed to respond to a text message.

Shepherd was not wearing a safety harness when he fell about 22 feet, Gillan said. He was first taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Crawfordsville, then to St. Vincent’s Hospital.

The accident is still under investigation, Gillan said.

Randy Scott, 46, of Lebanon, suffered unspecified injuries when he fell 23 feet from a tree stand while deer hunting in Martin County, Ky., on Oct. 21. He was flown by air ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital.