DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A Volusia County deputy was rushed to the hospital after a venomous snake bit him during a training exercise.
The sheriff's office reports that Deputy Timothy McGuire was
with state corrections officers in a wooded area near Daytona Beach on Monday when what was likely a diamondback rattlesnake bit him.
He was taken by helicopter to a nearby hospital, where he was
treated with antivenom. Officials didn't find the snake that bit McGuire. A corrections officer in the group who collected snakes looked at the puncture wounds on McGuire's leg. The corrections officer estimated the snake to be at least 4 or 5 feet long.
McGuire, who is recovering, says it was the worst pain he had
ever felt in his life.
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