Tree Stand

Indiana Conservation officers are investigating a tree stand fall that occurred Oct. 29 in Warren County.

Just after 5:30 pm.., first responders were dispatched to the 1900 block W and 100 N for a man who sustained injuries in the fall.

Michael Wirtz, 63, of Fowler was checking his hang on tree stand when one of the straps holding the stand to the tree broke. Wirtz was not wearing a safety harness and fell about 18 feet.

Wirtz was able to get himself back to his vehicle and drove to a nearby residence where medical personnel were called.

Wirtz was taken via Statflight Helicopter to St. Vincent hospital in Indianapolis. Injuries sustained are unknown at this time.

Conservation Officers want to stress the importance of wearing a full body harness whenever you are off the ground.

Investigating Officer was ICO Kyle Whitlow. Assisting were the Warren County Sheriff Department, Warren County 911 Dispatch, Warren County EMS 1, Statflight Helicopter and Indiana State Police.