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Jim takes time out for a photo on the set of the Turner Broadcasting movie “Crazy Horse” in 1994 with actor August Shellenberg who played Chief Sitting Bull in the film. Jim saved Shellenberg’s life by insisting he go to the emergency room instead of continuing with filming when he was having an appendicitis attack. Jim joined fitness guru Richard Simmons, left, and “Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee” producer Michael Gelman, right, to tape a short comedy seg- ment that was a part of the show’s visit to Mt. Rushmore in 1998. me­and­said­they­had­a­job­for­me,”­he­says. Lintz­was­trained­as­an­emergency­medical­technician­and the­job­turned­out­to­be­working­as­a­medic­on­the­set­of­Kevin Costner’s­“Dances­With­Wolves”­while­the­company­was­film- ing­the­Fort­Hayes­scenes­on­the­prairie­near­Caputa.­ Lintz­worked­several­weeks­on­that­picture­in­the­summer­of 1989,­but­when­filming­of­those­scenes­wrapped­up,­he­quit­to take­care­of­work­that­was­piling­up­on­the­ranch.­ His­next­opportunity­to­work­on­a­feature­film­came­in­1993 when­he­was­again­hired­as­a­medical­tech­on­the­set­of­the Costner­movie­“Wyatt­Earp.”­This­time­the­shoot­was­of­buf- falo­on­the­777­Bison­Ranch­between­Hermosa­and­Fairburn.­ After­seven­days­of­working­on­that­picture,­Lintz­quit­the day­Costner­showed­up­on­set­to­go­to­work­for­Turner­Broad- casting­on­a­made-for-TV­movie­called­“Lakota­Woman:­Siege at­Wounded­Knee.”­ During­his­six­weeks­of­working­on­“Lakota­Woman,”­Lintz not­only­took­care­of­the­medical­needs­of­the­cast­and­crew, but­also­hosted­the­company­on­the­ranch­where­several­scenes were­filmed­along­the­creek.­ Lintz­worked­on­a­number­of­other­Turner­projects­filmed over­the­next­several­years,­but­one­of­the­most­memorable­for him­was­the­1994­filming­of­the­movie­“Crazy­Horse.”­ “Turner­paid­$500­a­day,”­said­Lintz.­“It­was­good­income and­for­six­weeks­I­could­put­the­ranch­on­hold.” But­the­work­wasn’t­without­its­stresses,­according­to­Lintz.­ “The­first­week­on­‘Crazy­Horse’­we­sent­38­people­to­the hospital,”­he­says.­ The­ workload­ got­ so­ heavy­ that­ Lintz­ hired­ Brenda­ and Brian­to­help­with­shuttling­people­to­the­hospital.­ “I­wasn’t­just­the­medic,”­he­says.­“I­was­in­charge­of­the 16 DOWN COUNTRY ROADS whole­medic­position­on­the­show.­I’d­have­to­study­the­script and­determine­how­many­ambulances­to­have­on­set.­Some days­we­would­have­five.­If­they­did­a­battle­scene­with­120 riders,­we­were­gonna­have­injuries.” Lintz­says­the­numerous­injuries­were­the­result­of­using­in- experienced­riders.­ “You­put­guys­that­are­middle-aged­on­a­horse­with­a­gun and­bareback­and­have­’em­run­across­those­hills­and­with­all that­commotion­they­can’t­stay­on­the­horses,”­Lintz­said.­“I had­as­many­people­down­as­they­did­in­the­actual­battle,”­he laughed.­“With­‘Crazy­Horse’,­they­were­supposed­to­use­ex- perienced­riders­on­those­battle­scenes.” So,­he­says­they­worked­with­a­group­of­“rodeo­types”­for two­weeks­in­the­arena­at­Buffalo­Gap­to­prepare­for­the­shoot.­ “Those­were­the­ones­who­were­supposed­to­do­the­hard­rid- ing,”­he­said.­“They­came­in­the­first­two­weeks­they­shot­a­lot of­those­battle­scenes­and­they­just­used­anybody­who­raised their­hand­who­said­they­could­ride­a­horse.­That’s­why­we­had so­many­injuries.”­­ But­Lintz’s­work­on­“Crazy­Horse”­wasn’t­just­confined­to treating­injured­riders.­He­also­saved­the­life­of­a­well-known actor.­­ The­actor­playing­Chief­Sitting­Bull­in­the­film­was­Cana- dian­August­Shellenberg,­perhaps­best­known­for­his­roles­in “Free­Willy”­and­“Iron­Will.”­ “He­showed­up­on­set­down­at­the­Triple-7­[Ranch]­and­was supposed­to­be­in­a­shot,­and­he­came­to­me­complaining­of­a stomach­ache,”­said­Lintz.­“I­checked­him­out­and­I­said,­‘I hate­to­say­this,­but­you’re­going­directly­to­the­hospital.’” Shellenberg­refused,­however,­saying­he­needed­to­do­just­one shot.­­