An Idaho Falls man is in the hospital after a hunting accident this weekend. A friend that was with him is being called a hero after helping save his life.
The two men involved have been best friends since they were young; but over the weekend they found themselves in less than ideal circumstances as they were wrapping up their hunting trip.
“We saw a bear up on the hill and Curtis took a shot at it and hit it, and we were just going up there to get his bear and, that’s when the accident happened, he was going to get his rifle out of his pack and it accidentally went off, it just, it hit him in the leg and so from there it was just getting him out of there as fast as we could” said Carson Beattie.
Little did Carson and Curtis know this was just the beginning of their worries as they needed to find cell phone reception, and later help the helicopter find a place to get close enough to lift Curtis.
“I just reacted for Curtis and he was the hero, he fought hard, and he stayed with me, we just tried to be positive and he fought and I fought and we just did our best to get him out” continued Carson.
Now Curtis is recovering in the hospital; unfortunately he’s had to have his left leg amputated from the knee down.
“He’s doing great, everybody loves Curtis for his positive attitude, he’s stable in the hospital, recovering and we’re just excited to help him get home and help him get back to life, as normal as we can do, so we’re looking for people to donate to his cause and help him out” said Beattie.
Before the accident Curtis was self-employed trying to provide for his wife and three children.
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