Ohio Hiker Won't Pay For Rescue

Ohio Hiker Won't Pay For Rescue

There are 18 comments on the WJW Fox 8 Cleveland story from Jun 8, 2010, titled Ohio Hiker Won't Pay For Rescue. In it, WJW Fox 8 Cleveland reports that:

An Ohio hiker who spent three days lost near Maine's highest peak after leaving a hiking trail won't have to pay for his rescue.

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Since: May 10

Cleveland, OH

#1 Jun 8, 2010
Who cares if you're an experienced hiker. Everyone pays to be rescued or they don't.
cleveland chris

Painesville, OH

#2 Jun 8, 2010
BUDDY SYSTEM! we learn this in safety town before kindergarten...he admits to LEAVING the trail...he should have to pay - and if he had any respect for himself or the people that were working hard to RESCUE him, he should INSIST on paying

“HAPPY SPRING”

Since: Apr 10

BLOCKHEADS!

#3 Jun 8, 2010
cleveland chris wrote:
BUDDY SYSTEM! we learn this in safety town before kindergarten...he admits to LEAVING the trail...he should have to pay - and if he had any respect for himself or the people that were working hard to RESCUE him, he should INSIST on paying
I totally agree. If you don't go by the rules, you pay!
At least make a big donation to the crew that saved his *** and life.

Since: Dec 09

United States

#4 Jun 8, 2010
I agree. Gratitude for having his life saved would dictate he recompense the efforts.
JCU Dave

Northfield, OH

#5 Jun 8, 2010
The smart hikers get caught in more difficult situations and stay alive.
The dumb hikers die in the 3ft ditch next to the parking lot.

So we award the people who make it more difficult to recover...
Ann Porter

Cleveland, OH

#6 Jun 8, 2010
There are kids from foreign countries coming here to get massive surgeries. Yes, for free. So, they can have longer more "normal" lives. We can't pay for saving one of our own? Isn't the job of the rescuers to rescue people? If you're being threatened, and you call the cops to save you, do you have to pay for that? No. It's their job.
carl

Cleveland, OH

#7 Jun 8, 2010
Why should anyone pay to be rescued?

“Not Perfect, Just Forgiven”

Since: May 10

Bloom Where You're Planted!

#8 Jun 8, 2010
BizzyBee wrote:
<quoted text>
I totally agree. If you don't go by the rules, you pay!
At least make a big donation to the crew that saved his *** and life.
I agree!! They, also, risk their lives to rescue people -- show some gratitude!!

Since: Dec 09

United States

#9 Jun 8, 2010
carl wrote:
Why should anyone pay to be rescued?
Better question is: why should all of us pay for the one guy needing to be rescued?
WOODROW

Erie, PA

#10 Jun 8, 2010
Should he of just gave them a big tip & forget about it
Bruce

Merrick, NY

#11 Jun 8, 2010
We have a volunteer fire dept where I live. We donate annually at the fire dept fundraisers so we can have up to date equipment. Labor is all volunteer. Not that way in the city. Firefighters are on payroll. Unions..etc. Who is paying for their salaries? We are. So they are already getting paid for their labor..Why should they get more because of a rescue? Isn't that what they signed up to do?
cleveland chris

Painesville, OH

#12 Jun 8, 2010
Bruce wrote:
We have a volunteer fire dept where I live. We donate annually at the fire dept fundraisers so we can have up to date equipment. Labor is all volunteer. Not that way in the city. Firefighters are on payroll. Unions..etc. Who is paying for their salaries? We are. So they are already getting paid for their labor..Why should they get more because of a rescue? Isn't that what they signed up to do?
emergencies are emergencies but a rescue is sometimes at the fault of the individual...the crew members themselves don't get the money but his 'fine' would go towards updated equipment etc...i totally agree about the payroll point but he admits to purposely leaving the trail, although unless its specified.... did he break a law? if not then i guess it would be hard to enforce a 'fine'
someone

Cleveland, OH

#13 Jun 8, 2010
if he was an experienced hiker he would have known to stay on the trail, charge him.
someone

Cleveland, OH

#14 Jun 8, 2010
Ann Porter wrote:
There are kids from foreign countries coming here to get massive surgeries. Yes, for free. So, they can have longer more "normal" lives. We can't pay for saving one of our own? Isn't the job of the rescuers to rescue people? If you're being threatened, and you call the cops to save you, do you have to pay for that? No. It's their job.
and who's tax dollars pay their salary.
bob

United States

#15 Jun 8, 2010
Ann Porter wrote:
There are kids from foreign countries coming here to get massive surgeries. Yes, for free. So, they can have longer more "normal" lives. We can't pay for saving one of our own? Isn't the job of the rescuers to rescue people? If you're being threatened, and you call the cops to save you, do you have to pay for that? No. It's their job.
There is a big difference when police save someone from an unexpected emergency...this numbskull walked in and got lost. He should have to pay through the nose. My tax dollars should not pay for this. If I get to decide...leave him in the woods. You should have your own rescue in place before any risky endeavor or be charged.
Guest

United States

#16 Jun 8, 2010
According to the story, he made sveral smart moves to save himself. He also made one STUPID choice, by leaving the trail. If you are going to dance the dance, you have to pay the fiddler.
dan

Akron, OH

#17 Jun 8, 2010
What do you expect to find on a mountain, a guru? Dumb azzz.
Guest

Kelleys Island, OH

#18 Jun 10, 2010
dan wrote:
What do you expect to find on a mountain, a guru? Dumb azzz.
Will the ding-a-ling who decided not to charge him, please stand up? He needs to get his brain out of his pants pocket, and put it back in his head where it belongs.

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