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Ham radio enthusiast, wife help save life of man calling from Oregon
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Longtime ham radio enthusiast Bill Scott of Mateca recently helped in saving the life of an Oregon man by picking up his call.

Quick actions by a Manteca couple may have helped in saving the life of an Oregon man.

Bill Scott is a ham radio enthusiast. He's also a member of the Ham Radio Club in Manteca.

"I'm tuned in every day," said Scott, who has ham radio friends throughout the world.

His wife, Sharon, is a retired nurse.

On July 19, she recalled hearing the ring on the Magic Jack phone.

"We don't normally answer it because usually it's a robo call," Sharon Scott said.

Skip Kritcher, 75, of Myrtle Point, Ore. was the ham radio caller. Bill Scott, fortunately, decided to answer the call and recognized the voice.

It took him a few moments to figure that part out especially since Kritcher's voice was slurred and he seemed confused.

"He was trying to call his sister, Peggy, in New Orleans," recalled Sharon Scott, who added that Kritcher had not eaten in four days, but was vomiting and unable to get out of bed.

Bill responded, asking: "What can I do for you?"

The phone then went dead.

The retired nurse, Sharon, knew immediately that Kritcher was having a stroke.

She called 9-1-1 and explained the medical emergency situation.

"I did not know that 9-1-1 can only make emergency calls from the area in which it came," Sharon said.

However, the local dispatcher quickly transferred Scott's emergency call to fire and ambulance in that area of Oregon.

Although the doors to Kritcher's place was locked, the first responders were able to gain access via the patio door.

They were able to transport Kritcher to the nearest hospital, where he was treated for a stroke, dehydration, and bowel obstruction.

Kritcher spent four days in the hospital and appears on the right track towards recovery.

"He thanked my husband," Sharon Scott said. "EMT told us if (Kritcher) hadn't got help he would have died.

"We are all so thankful his mistake saved his life."

Kritcher is back on his ham radio while being helped out by his sister, Peggy.

He continues to converse with Bill Scott, who is tuned in other ham radio enthusiasts from England, Russia, Japan, India, to name a few.