Hiker dead after cardiac distress in the Smokies, according to GSMNP officials


GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WATE) – A Knoxville man has died while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park following cardiac distress, according to GSMNP officials.

58-year-old Harold Thompson of Knoxville, was hiking along the Injun Creek manway with his brother Friday afternoon, when it happened.

It is with great sadness we share the passing of one of our own. Knox County Paramedic Hal Thompson passed away while…

Posted by International Association of EMTs and Paramedics (IAEP) Local R5-421 on Friday, August 9, 2019

Thompson’s brother along with park medics attempted to revive him with CPR and an AED on the scene.

Thompson was pronounced dead on the scene and transported to Leconte Medical Center.

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