Skip to comments.Report: Firefighter Who Died On Backpacking Trip Had Alcohol, Drug In His System
Posted on 08/01/2014 9:26:44 PM PDT by BenLurkin
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) The Arcadia firefighter who fell from a cliff while searching for his dog on a camping trip had alcohol and ecstasy in his system, according to toxicology reports released on Friday by the Ventura County Coroners Office.
On June 13, Mike Herdman had ventured up into the rugged terrain of Sespe Wilderness with fellow firefighter Taylor Byars.
While huddled around a campsite, Herdmans dog, Duke, went missing. Herdman ran off barefoot to chase after Duke, wearing only board shorts and a T-shirt, but never came back.
Byars searched for his friend for nearly two days before he made his way out of the wilderness and reported his friend missing.
The 36-year-olds disappearance set off a two-week search in the Los Padres National Forest.
His body was found on June 27 about 1,200 feet above his campsite after he had apparently fallen from a cliff.
Herdmans death was ruled accidental, caused by blunt-force injury.
The dog was found alive.
Alcohol and ecstasy in his bloodstream. Gay firefighters?
I heard the news reports for days, all which portrayed the man as a “saint.” But why would the guy go after a dog bare footed? Was the dog worth dying for? Something does not make sense.
Sad but, a friend and me fell over a 30 foot embankment, while we ran, racing each other and a bit tipsy.
Of course, it had just snowed and we landed in a big pile of snow dust, laughing our butts off.
“His body was found on June 27 about 1,200 feet above his campsite after he had apparently fallen from a cliff.”
Either they meant “below” his campsite, or he had gone on quite the adventure looking for his dog. A friend of mine back in college was out camping. They were eating some pyschodelic mushrooms around the campfire at night. One of the guys freaked out - said the trees were waving and coming after him.
He took off running, and went off a small cliff. Broke his leg. They brought a sleeping bag and stuff down to him, and had to wait until morning (and sober) to carry him into town.
So people who go camping and do drugs are gay now? Are you stupid?
He was on a camping trip with another firefighter. Why would he need ecstasy? Isn’t it a drug used to enhance sexual activity?
Maybe that is why he was looking for the dog?
LOL! Maybe it’s why the dog ran away in the first place.
Appears the victim has buzz, panicked and went after his dog once he discovered the dog was gone. I am sure he didn't intend dying in the process.
But then again he isn't the only person who's died attempting to save their dog. People die for much less honorable reasons, like jumping off cliffs using a kite for thrills and kicks...
So, just got my hubby’s opinion on the ecstasy thing..said there’s probably more to the story, odd for 2 guys to be taking that stuff while camping but who knows.
It would be a more odd for them to be taking it while on duty...
Umm, ya. probably so!
Think my hubby’s point was that ecstasy is more like a party drug, unless they meant it as party for 2.
Said there’s no way 2 straight guys would take that stuff if just on a normal camping trip but, we don’t know the details.
Like any drug there are lots of effects associated with it as I understand it, and it’s not just used for rolling in the hay...It’s both an hallucinogenic and stimulant etc...
Thanks for the good news about the dog. I always want to know those things, being a dog-lover.
You seem to have knowledge on obscure gay practices. As far as I know it’s just a run of the mill hallucinogenic.
I have no experience or knowledge of obscure gay practices, nor do I have first-hand knowledge of the use of the illegal drug Ecstasy. I’ve read about, and heard the drug’s name used in connection with date rape cases. I searched several online sites and found that the street name for ecstasy is “X,” “E,” XTC, MDMA, “love drug,” “hug drug,” or “Adam”, so pardon me for thinking that he might have taken it for sexual euphoria.
Thank you. I'm sure there's more to this story too.
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