Clipped From Northwest Arkansas Times
Both Said In Good Condition Dog Saves Man Stranded In CAMP IRWIN, Calif. (AP) - A 53-year-old man wilh an arlificial leg, stranded for a week without food in searing desert heat, says his dog saved his life. Ramon C. buyer from Miller, a furniture Fresno, was found Monday by Iwo ordnance inspectors in a remote section of Ihe Camp Irwin military reservation, 8f miles northeast of San Bernardino. He said he look a shortcut across the Mojave Desert July 14, then ran out of gas south of Death Valley and northeast of Barstow. Doctors at the camp hospital said both Miller and his dog, Grclchen, were in remarkably good condition and probably will leave the hospital loday. "I was just about ready (o give up," Miller said. "I never would have made il if it hadn't been for Clrelchf;n." He said the dog defended him from eoyoles as he fled in a desert cave. Miller said he took a wrong road last Tuesday night while en route from Phoenix to Fresno. "I stayed by my truck all night after we ran out of gas," he said. "The road looked prefly well t r a - veled so we look off on foot the next day to look for a place to buy gas. "Nobody came along. We walked six or seven hours. After a while I saw a sign thai said "springs" and followed a path until we reached the springs, about noon Wed- nesday." They took shelter in a cave at the springs, where Ihcre was water. They were fount! there by Richard.Friemoth and Phil Denning, who were inspecting (he Irwin Firing Range. Miller estimated he walked 15 miles to Ihe spring. He had bruises rm the stump of his left leg, lost in an auto accident. The was bruised and scarred from fights with animals.