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Al Emer N2YAC SK

Sad news. Al will be missed...

73 Jeff kb2m

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From: "Larrie Sutliff" <sutliff@att.net>
To: "TowerTalk" <towertalk@contesting.com>
Sent: Monday, June 26, 2006 4:12 PM
Subject: [TowerTalk] Lightening Death: SK Al Emer N2YAC

> For those of you that remember Al, he was one of the
> greatest amateur radio operators when it came to
> Satellite and  NASA shuttle communications.
> Here's a slide show of what other hobbies he had....
> http://photos.yahoo.com/ph/allenemer/slideshow?.dir=/cbf4&.src=ph
> I am sorry to report this story from the Press is about our long time
> friend Al Emer N2YAC; he gave a lot to amateur radio and he will missed.
> He will not be waked.
> Holmdel-area man dies after being struck by lightning
> Officials: He fell asleep in hammock during storm
> Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 06/25/06
> CLINTON TOWNSHIP - A 59-year-old camper died at Round Valley Reservoir,
> apparently after he was struck by lightning while resting in a hammock,
> officials said.
> Police were still investigating the incident Saturday night.
> Deputy Chief Sam DeBella of the Hunterdon County Prosecutor's Office
> identified the victim only as a man from the Holmdel area. He was in the
> park kayaking Friday during the day and remained to camp overnight. At
> some point, he fell asleep Friday night or Saturday in a hammock anchored
> to several trees, police said.
> Several fierce storms moved through Central Jersey during that period.
> "It appears from what we can tell at this point that lightning struck the
> tree, struck the ground and hit him," DeBella said.
> Officials said they were unsure who discovered the victim, but DeBella
> said he was not camping alone.
> Earlier in the day, Hunterdon County Prosecutor J. Patrick Barnes said
> officials were withholding the man's name, pending notification of his
> next of kin.
> The exact cause of death will be determined during an autopsy, probably to
> be conducted in the next week, he added - but the apparent cause of death
> was the lightning strike.
> "It looks that way, but again, that would be the medical examiner's call,"
> Barnes said.
> Rescue vehicles from the Clinton First Aid & Rescue Squad were parked at
> the main launch Saturday, and emergency personnel evidently had used a
> boat to reach the south side of the 2,000-acre reservoir.
> According to the state Department of Environmental Protection's Division
> of Parks and Forestry, there are more than 80 relatively remote campsites
> on the far side of the lake, which is roughly 3 miles across at its
> longest point. Campers can reach the sites only by boat, emergency access
> roads - or a 3- to 6-mile trek along the Cushetunk Trail.
> DeBella said he was unsure whether the victim had reached the camping area
> by kayak or on foot.
> A spokeswoman for the DEP, Elaine Makatura, also confirmed the victim had
> camped at the reservoir and was struck by lightning. She declined further
> comment Saturday, saying park police and other rescue officials were
> handling the investigation.

73 Jeff kb2m 
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