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Dog walker finds injured RiverMead resident in woods behind Noone Falls

  • Peterborough Fire and Rescue and police responded to the woods behind the Noone Falls complex to rescue an elderly man that had fallen on the rocks in the Contoocook River and injured himself on Monday evening. Photos by Dan Millbauer—Courtesy photo

  • Peterborough Fire and Rescue and police responded to the woods behind the Noone Falls complex to rescue an elderly man that had fallen on the rocks in the Contoocook River and injured himself on Monday evening. Photos by Dan Millbauer

  • Peterborough Fire and Rescue and police responded to the woods behind the Noone Falls complex to rescue an elderly man that had fallen on the rocks in the Contoocook River and injured himself on Monday evening. Photos by Dan Millbauer—Courtesy photo

  • Peterborough Fire and Rescue and police responded to the woods behind the Noone Falls complex to rescue an elderly man that had fallen on the rocks in the Contoocook River and injured himself on Monday evening. Photos by Dan Millbauer—Courtesy photo



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 3:35PM

A RiverMead Lifecare Community resident was found by a dog walker after falling and injuring himself in the woods behind the Noone Falls complex on Monday evening.

In an interview on Tuesday, Dan Millbauer of Peterborough said he rarely takes that route to walk his dog, Buster, but decided to follow a path into the woods in hopes of catching some pictures in the evening light. When he entered the woods he noticed a man lying down in a puddle created by a small valley of river rocks. 

“I couldn’t tell if he was just lounging and enjoying the river, or if he was in trouble,” Millbauer said. “So we went down to investigate.”

Millbauer asked if the man needed assistance, and he replied that he did. Millbauer tied Buster to a tree and went over to assist.

The man, who said his name was Chuck, had bruises on his arms and legs from what appeared to be a fall, Millbauer said, but said he didn’t think that anything was broken. 

The man wanted assistance standing and walking on his own, but was too weak to get up even with assistance, Millbauer said, so he assisted him to getting into a more comfortable position and called 911, and waited with the man. He told Millbauer that he had decided to take a walk from his residence at RiverMead.

At around 7:36 p.m., around the time Millbauer discovered the man, police received a call from RiverMead, reporting the resident overdue, and that there were several people out looking for him, according to Peterborough Police Chief Scott Guinard. 

Peterborough Fire and Rescue and police arrived and were able to extract the man on a backboard to a waiting ambulance, where he was transported to Monadnock Community Hospital, Peterborough firefighter assistant Mitch McQuade said.

“It looked like he was climbing on the rocks and slipped and fell from a standing height,” McQuade said. 

McQuade could not confirm the man’s condition on Tuesday. 

Millbauer said that he located the man about 50 feet away from the walking trail, and that he would not have been visible if he hadn’t decided to take a walk further into the woods and off the trail. 

“I’ve been there a few times, but it’s not an everyday thing,” Millbauer said. “It was kind of a right place, right time kind of thing. It looked like he needed help, and I’m just glad that I was able to be there to help him.”

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.