Man rescued from ravine near Bills stadium

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- First responders rescued a man from a ravine east of New Era Field Tuesday evening, Orchard Park police say. 

Buffalo Bills security called Orchard Park Police dispatch around 7 p.m. after they heard a man's voice crying out for help. 

John Nietopski, 59, was found stuck under a dead tree about 20 to 30 feet down the bank of a steep, muddy embankment in the wooded area between the stadium and California Road. 

Nietopski was wet, muddy and too weak to free himself from under the tree, police say. Orchard Park Police and crews from Windom and Orchard Park fire companies went about a fourth of a mile into the ravine to rescue Nietopski. 

An investigation determined Nietopski and one of his neighbors from California Road were out riding four-wheelers in the woods when Nietopski got lost and fell down the ravine.  Alcohol was involved, police say. 

After being taken to safety, Nietopski was checked by emergency medical service first responders. He only suffered minor scratches to his head and face, but Orchard Park Police Lieutenant David Bowersox said it could have been much worse. 

"If it wasn't for Bills Security being in the right place at the right time to hear the cries for help, this situation could have had a totally different ending," he said via an email about the incident. 

Nietopski was rescued from the same area, Smoke Creek, where a 26-year-old Buffalo Bills fan drowned and was found dead after a Bills game in 2012. 

 

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