Hunter dies of apparent heart attack

  

  lhughes@starhq.com
  The body of a hunter was recovered late Monday evening by the Carter County Rescue Squad after he died of an apparent heart attack.
  Thomas Charles Duncan, 45, 878 Austin Springs Rd., Piney Flats, and his son-in-law, Daniel Curtis Browne, 29, of Sault Saint Marie, Mich., were scouting for a hunting position four miles into the mountain off Little Stoney Road when Duncan began complaining of shoulder pain.
  According to the police report written by Carter County Sheriff's Department Deputy Audrey Covington, "They were walking out of the woods at approximately 1700 hours (5 p.m.) when Mr. Duncan began complaining of shoulder and back pain. Browne further advised that Duncan became dizzy and started breathing shallow. He fell to the ground and went unresponsive. Browne began CPR for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. He attempted to call 911 on his cell phone but was unable to get a signal."
   Browne realized he needed to get help before dark when he hiked from the woods and drove his truck to a home on Little Stoney Road to call 911. Emergency services were dispatched shortly after 5 p.m. The hunter was located four miles into the mountain at 6:40 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene.
  Crews from the Hampton-Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Department, Carter County Sheriff's Department, CCRS, and Technical Rescue Team were able to use four-wheelers to get three miles into the mountain, but had to cut away a trail for the remaining mile, according to Technical Rescue Director John Burleson.
  Temperatures dipped to 21 degrees as the departments worked until midnight recovering the victim's body.