Trenton man injured in fall from tree stand

Posted May 24, 2009, at 9:33 p.m.

PITTSTON ACADEMY GRANT, Maine — A Trenton man was seriously injured Saturday when he fell from a tree stand he was working on in the vicinity of the north branch of the Penobscot River.

Harrison Sawyer, 56, left Pittston Farm at about 6:30 a.m., canoed across the north branch of the Penobscot River and trekked to a spot where he has hunted for several years, according to Deborah Turcotte, spokeswoman for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Sgt. Scott Thrasher of DIF&W said Sawyer fell 15 to 20 feet from the tree stand, causing life-threatening injuries.

Sawyer had told his wife he would be back by 2 p.m. She became worried when he did not arrive and reported him as overdue, Turcotte said.

Robert Mills, owner of Pittston Farm, followed Sawyer’s path and found him lying on the ground at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Game wardens, volunteers and two Maine Forest Service rangers carried Sawyer from the woods. He was taken by LifeFlight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he remained in critical condition Sunday, according to an EMMC nursing supervisor.

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