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Texas hunter dies in Buckles Lake area

A 75-year-old hunter from Texas made his last hunting trip to Pagosa Country last week, dying on the evening of Oct. 26.

Tom W. Wall, of Howe, Texas, was hunting with a companion in the Buckles Lake area last week when his heart stopped and he fell shortly before 6 p.m., said Archuleta County Coroner Carl Macht. The fall, about the length of his body, was not the cause of death.

Macht said Wall and his companion were located about four miles up Buckles Lake Road (Forest Service Road 663).

Nearby hunters began trying to get help at about 6 p.m., with Archuleta County Court Security Officer Bill Thomas, who was in the area, being the first on the scene and able to start CPR.

EMT Tom Bamrick was the second to arrive at the scene, with Macht the third to arrive, Macht reported.

Macht pronounced Wall dead at 6:40 p.m.

Macht said Wall had a history of heart problems and stressed his heart while hunting.

“The neighboring hunters were so gracious and helpful,” Macht said, adding, “That’s one of those positive things that we see that not everyone gets to know about.”

randi@pagosasun.com

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