A Fort Ashby woman is alive today because Mike Lott hadn’t gotten home yet.
Lott is a police sergeant for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
The good news for Joanne Wagoner was that Lott is also an EMT with the local ambulance squad.
He was only four minutes away from the Painter Hollow Road home where a bullet had entered her upper right chest and exited her back on the night of July 13, 2017.
“I was getting ready to come off duty,” Lott said Wednesday at the Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Department where he is president and a fire captain. “If I had gotten home and turned off my radio I wouldn’t have known.”
What Lott would not have known was that Wagoner, 65, at the time, and suffering from a .38 caliber gunshot wound, was lying at the bottom of the basement steps and had called 911.