Wildlife officer credited with saving hunter


Mar 11, 2001
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Wildlife officer credited with saving hunter


Lance Martin/Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald

ROANOKE RAPIDS - A N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission enforcement officer is being credited for reviving an 18-year-old man who had a seizure while duck hunting Saturday morning.

Sgt. G.C. Hatcher said in a news release that around 9 a.m., Officer Patrick Brown and Officer Bernard Henry were patrolling on Roanoke Rapids Lake and had just checked a pair of duck hunters who were having difficulty with their boat.

As the officers were leaving to continue their patrol one of the men in the boat started to call for help. The officers watched as the operator of the boat had a seizure and slumped over.

The officers rushed back to the boat. The other passenger was hysterical while the stricken man, Brandon Parks of Henderson, was unconscious and not breathing.

Officer Brown quickly started resuscitation procedures on Parks. "The subject showed cyanosis and was unconscious," Hatcher said. "Officer Brown's efforts revived the man."

The Wildlife officers transported Parks to the Thelma Boat Landing were they were met by emergency medical services personnel.

Parks was transported to Halifax Regional Medical Center and then to Mariah Parham Hospital in the Henderson area. "Without Officer Brown's action, this subject may have died," Hatcher said.

Hatcher and Brown could not be reached for additional comment this morning.

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