From left to right, ALEA Highway Patrol Troopers- Sr. Trooper Kenneth Powell, Sr. Trooper Charles May, Colonel Jimmy Helms, Sr. Trooper Hunter Odom, Sr. Trooper Ryan Heacox.

From left to right, ALEA Highway Patrol Troopers- Sr. Trooper Kenneth Powell, Sr. Trooper Charles May, Colonel Jimmy Helms, Sr. Trooper Hunter Odom, Sr. Trooper Ryan Heacox.

Trooper Charles May with ALEA’s Opelika Highway Patrol Post was instrumental in the rescue effort of a missing hunter on Saturday, Jan. 22.

When Trooper May received a request from the Bullock County Sheriff’s Office for assistance, he immediately took the initiative to contact his supervisor and gain authorization to wear appropriate attire which was necessary for the severe cold weather and conditions.

He then contacted an individual with a boat and went into the woods to search for the missing hunter, who had been swept away when a beaver dam broke.

Trooper May arrived at the scene off of Bullock County 13, where he gathered all pertinent and relative information concerning the man’s last known location and the fact that he had been missing since the day before. Being familiar with the area, Trooper May began searching on the opposite side of the beaver dam near Bullock County 141.

While still searching for the man, Trooper May moved on to an area along Bullock County 156, where he began to hear a faint cry for help.

It was there Trooper May located the missing man lying on the ground and took action to assess his overall mental and physical condition. The man told Trooper May he could not feel his legs, leading Trooper May to believe the man was suffering from hypothermia.

Trooper May quickly removed the hunter’s wet clothes before removing his own to place on the individual. He then carried the hunter approximately 100 yards out of the woods, placed him in his patrol vehicle, and contacted Sgt. Chad Faulkner with Bullock County’s Sheriff’s Office to have an ambulance meet them at a nearby intersection.

Following an examination, paramedics confirmed the hunter was suffering from severe hypothermia and would have likely not survived had he been out in the conditions another hour. They then rushed the man to a nearby medical facility for treatment.

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