2008-12-04 / Front Page

Hunter Dies After Fall From Tree Stand


A McConnellsburg man succumbed to injuries sustained in a fall from a tree stand the first day of deer season near the state gamelands in the southern end of the county.

According to local reports, Justin Mellott, 28, died at Altoona Regional Hospital as a result of the injuries suffered in the Monday, December 1, accident near Sipes Mill and Mountain roads. Mellott was flown to the Blair County hospital after being removed from the wooded area in Belfast Township by emergency responders from the Needmore and McConnellsburg fire companies.

With aid from McConnellsburg Ranger 56, a six-wheeled utility terrain vehicle, the volunteer

responders were able to safely transport Mellott to the helicopter landing zone for life flight to Altoona.

In addition to being survived by his wife, Aimee (Wolfe), Mellott also leaves behind two young children, Logan 4, and Zoe, 10 months. A death notice appears on Page B3.

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