BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Sheriff Dale Clarmont stated his department as well as Cheboygan Life Support Systems were dispatched on September 1, 2016 to a residence on Mackinaw Straits Dr. for someone yelling “help.”
“A neighbor had called 911 about 2:30 in the afternoon stating she could hear someone screaming for help in the woods near her home” said Clarmont.
The Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene and located a 68-year-old resident from the area who was lying on the ground with the trunk of a tree on his foot. “The gentlemen was using a chain saw to cut down a hardwood tree about 30 feet tall and 15 inches in diameter when the upper tree trunk spun away from the bottom trunk after being cut and landed on his foot crushing it” said Clarmont. Emergency personal were able to use the chainsaw to cut the tree away. The subject was transported to McLaren Hospital in Petoskey for treatment.
“The neighbor did the right thing by immediately calling 911 and getting help out there. Accidents such as this give us a reminder that regardless of how safe we think we are; logging can be unpredictable” said Clarmont. Sheriff Clarmont advises it is always best to have a least two people when operating a chain saw in woods and to also carry a cell phone.