On the weekend of Oct. 21, O-Rec trip leader Peter Vidmar led a backpacking and stargazing trip in Lost Maples expecting nothing more than some good ole fresh air and relaxation. Little did Peter know that he would return having saved someoneâ€™s life.
Lost Maples State Natural Area is located in the heart of Texas hill country and is characterized by a combination of limestone canyons and grassy plateaus. The hike into many of the areaâ€™s primitive campsites requires a considerable rise in elevation over rocky terrain.
After he and the other trip leaders had made camp atop one of these plateaus, Vidmar and trip leader Larsen Andrews went for a short jaunt to check out some of the views. Â Early into the hike, they came across a group of four elderly people. Â One of the women approached the boys and politely asked if they could spare some food. Â She explained that two of her party were diabetic, and they were really struggling after embarking on a loop trail much longer than they had expected.
Andrews retrieved a bag of trail mix for the group and Vidmar had the man, who was looking particularly bad, take a glucose supplement that Vidmar kept in his first aid kit. Â Recognizing that the man was in a dire condition, breaking out in a cold sweat and showing other symptoms of the early stages of diabetic shock, Vidmar decided to help the man down off the plateau to an awaiting ranger. Â He had Andrews stay with the group so they wouldnâ€™t get worried that two trip leaders had suddenly disappeared. Â Vidmar then proceeded to help the man down the treacherous trail step by step, most of the time supporting the manâ€™s entire weight. Â Then once the man was safe with the park rangers, Vidmar ran back up the steep quarter mile trail and helped down the rest of the party one by one. Â The park ranger informed Vidmar that the manâ€™s health easily could have deteriorated beyond the hope of saving had Vidmar not given him the glucose and hastened his evacuation. Â Once he returned to the O-Rec group, Vidmar recounted his actions and assured the participants that the man was safely on his way to the hospital.
When Larsen remarked that Vidmar was a hero for doing what he did, Vidmar sternly claimed that he wasnâ€™t. Â It is easy to say that if presented with a similar situation, anyone would have done as he did. Â But the fact of the matter is that people are often afraid to lend a helping hand to the people around them because they feel that it is either unnecessary or not worth the effort. Â I challenge all of Trinity to both prove the doubters wrong, and also to show that Vidmarâ€™s heroic actions do not go unnoticed.
Lauren Davis is a sophomore majoring in neuroscience. Larsen Andrews is a junior majoring in history.