Injured Orange hunter back home

  • Contributed photoOrange native Hunter Richardson, 19, is home from the hospital following a hunting accident on Dec. 24.

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliThe community has rallied around the family of Hunter Richardson, a 19-year-old Orange resident serious injured in a Dec. 24 hunting accident. Richardson is now home from the hospital, according to his cousin. #HunterStrong sweatshirts and bracelets are available for purchases at locations like Mom's Country Kitchen and Hamshaw Lumber.

Recorder Staff
Published: 1/26/2017 3:48:29 PM

ORANGE — The Orange man injured during a Christmas Eve hunting accident is home from the hospital, according to his cousin.

Patrick Duvall, who said he was with Hunter Richardson, 19, when the incident occurred, said Richardson called him Monday morning to say he was going home that afternoon. Richardson had previously been in critical condition at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Duvall, who lives in southern Nevada, said his cousin is sore, but in good spirits.

“He’s doing better,” said Duvall, 17. “He’s taking it like a champ. I’m proud of him.”

Richardson accidentally shot himself in the torso while in Orange’s woods off Tully Road on the morning of Dec. 24. Maj. William Bilotta of the Massachusetts State Environmental Police said Richardson suffered a wound to the left side of his chest. He said the muzzle of the .50-caliber black powder rifle Richardson was carrying was incorrectly faced toward the victim, instead of away from him.

There is a GoFundMe page set up to assist Richardson with his recovery. It can be found at:

Community members have rallied around the Richardson family since the accident. #HunterStrong sweatshirts and bracelets are available to purchase at Orange businesses like Mom’s Country Kitchen at 217 East Main St. and Hamshaw Lumber at 68 New Athol Road. Someone also donated a large tool box for a raffle at Hamshaw Lumber. Tickets are $5 apiece or three for $10.

Duvall previously said he and his cousin were deer hunting with Richardson’s father and brother and that following the accident, Richardson’s father, a former military medic, administered his son’s first emergency care. Bilotta said Richardson’s life was saved by this care and the efforts of emergency medical technicians who arrived on scene.

Richardson is a Ralph C. Mahar Regional School graduate.

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