Clipped From Carrol Daily Times Herald
Dog Saves Life of Man Lost 6 Days in Desert CAMP IRWIN, Calif. (AP)-A 53-year-old man with an artificial leg, stranded for a week without food in searing desert heat, says his dog saved his life. Ramon C. Miller, a furniture buyer from Fresno, was found Monday by two ordnance inspectors in a remote section of the Camp Irwin military reservation, 85 miles northeast of San Bernardino. He said he took a shortcut across the Mojave Desert July 4, then ran out of gas south of Death Valley and northeast of Barstow. Doctors at the camp hospital said both Miller and his dog, Gretchen, were in remarkably good condition and probably will leave the hospital today. "1 was just about ready to give up," Miller said. "I never would have made it if it hadn't been for Gretchen." He said the dog defended him from coyotes 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 rocid looked pretty well traveled so we took 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 that said "springs'" and followed a path until we reached the springs, about noon Wednesday." They took shelter in a cave at the springs, where there wa3 water. They were found there by Richard Friemoth and Phil Denning, who were inspecting the h> win Firing Range. Miller estimated he walked 13 miles to the spring. He had bruises on the stump of his left leg. lost in an auto accident. The dog was bruised and scarred from fights with animals. Temperatures in the area where Miller was found often exceed 120 degrees, said Maj. John Waters, executive officer of the Irwin Avroy Hospital.