Tree stand safety prevents injury, death
by Rene Hatten - posted Thursday, December 20th, 2012 @ 12:00 pm
Nine years ago, we lost my cousin, Mike Pace, who died at 42, leaving two beautiful children, from a treestand fall. Someone had allowed a stand to grow into a tree, and even though he was an avid treestand safety minded person using his belt when he hunted, he failed to do so when climbing this tree. When he did not pick up his children from daycare, the family knew something was wrong.
The Auto Sheriff's Department organized a manhunt because no one had any idea where he was that day. His poor little body lay there all night as they called the search to resume at 5 p.m. the next day using 50 to 60 people. He had fallen 12 feet, face down, severing his spine. His Swartz Community mourned for their ball coach, teacher, and mentor.
My childhood neighbor fell from his stand leaving him paralyzed for the rest of his young life.