FARMINGTON — After dragging himself several miles down a rocky  road without a wheelchair over three days and two nights, paraplegic Ricky Gilmore has become an overnight sensation.

After telling his survival story to the Daily Times on Tuesday, media nationwide contacted Gilmore for interviews. Newspapers have featured his story from New York City, Chattanooga, Tenn. and London, England.

“That man is my kind of people,” said Maureen Barger Stevenson, who read his story in Palmer, Alaska.

Gilmore, swamped by interviews Wednesday, is at the Northern Navajo Nation Medical Center recovering from wounds obtained during his survival struggle last week.

Gilmore was left Oct. 16 on a dirt road near Tocito, N.M., about 30 miles south of Shiprock and 10 miles north of his home in Newcomb.

Gilmore, 49, was left there after a Native American man allegedly pulled him out of a white pickup truck after Gilmore flirted with a female passenger.

The man, woman and Gilmore had been drinking, Gilmore said Tuesday.

“He said, ‘I'm going to throw you out,'” Gilmore recalled Tuesday about the man who pulled out of the pickup. “I said, ‘I don't have my wheelchair.'”

Gilmore had no wheelchair, no water, no food, and no extra clothing to keep him warm.

A man found him Thursday and was admitted at the hospital.


Gilmore filed a police report with the Shiprock Police Department that same day.