PARKSVILLE - Boyle county rescue workers called in a helicopter Saturday to airlift a Parksville man who accidentally shot himself in the chest while returning from a hunting trip.
Melvin Baker, 54, of Bakers Lane, was taken to the University of Kentucky Medical Center about 1 p.m. His condition was unknown Saturday evening, but he was conscious and talking when EMS crews arrived, said his daughter, Tammy Baker.
Melvin Baker, a fire and rescue volunteer in the Parksville area for more than 20 years, had just returned home from deer hunting when he tripped inside his house while carrying an 50-caliber muzzle loader rifle, his daughter said. The gun fired as he fell, with the shot entering his chest and exiting his right shoulder, she said.
Tammy Baker, 19, said she held her father while her mother, Judy, contacted EMS. Judy Baker, who also has worked as a fire and rescue volunteer, said she applied pressure on the wound and elevated his feet while they waited. Baker's daughter said it was roughly 30 minutes before the helicopter arrived.