Wayne and Linda Miller are members of the Central Pennsylvania Paranormal Research Association and travel all over the United States in search of the spookiest paranormal attractions around. However a lifetime of ghost chasing didn’t prepare Wayne for when he began to experience health problems during a visit to Gettysburg in May.
The Westminster, Md., resident was visiting the battlefield at Gettysburg, long thought to be one of the most haunted places in America, with his wife and some friends when he began to experience strange, unfamiliar symptoms.
“All of a sudden I felt dizzy, very weak and had discomfort in my chest,” Wayne said. “I was kind of out of it. I thought, ‘I should sit down before I fall down.’ I never did sit down, though. I just stood there in a daze.”
As the Gettysburg tour pushed onwards, Wayne began to worry he was experiencing heart problems. An Ambulance came to pick him and his wife up and take them to Gettysburg Hospital, but his friends were still with their vehicles at the battlefield.
“They told us they were taking him to Gettysburg Hospital, but we had no idea where that was,” said Wayne’s friend, Mary Lou Engel. “You know, you’re upset, you’re worried about your friend, and you’re thinking, ‘How are we going to remember the directions?’”
Rather than trying to remember where the hospital was and get lost, Mary Lou pushed her blue OnStar button for help. The advisor on the other end of the line told them they were only a few miles away from the tour site, and verbally guided the group there turn-by-turn.
“I knew OnStar would get us there,” said Mary Lou. “When I said Gettysburg Hospital, the Advisor asked right away if there was an emergency in the vehicle. Had there been, it would have been reassuring. And it meant a lot.”
The hospital kept Wayne overnight to complete tests, which found his heart wasn’t to blame for his health problems, but his stomach. Wayne says it could have been a bad case of food poisoning and is thankful of everyone who helped him that day – including the OnStar advisor who guided his friends to see him.
“People came out of the woodwork to help. A nurse looking at the battlefield stopped to help as well,” Wayne said. “I didn’t even see their faces, just heard their voices and it was tremendous. I just wish there was a way to go back and thank them for what they did.”