A Parent’s Nightmare – My son is nearly killed

A Parent’s Nightmare – My son is nearly killed

This story comes in two parts – first, how I learned of the crash – and secondly – the story OF the crash and rescue of my first born son.

It was summer and time for kids to visit their grandparents. A friend and I were taking my two younger children to Indiana to drop them off at Dad’s house for a week or two. Then they would get to go to Michigan to spend some time with my in-laws….

We had safely arrived in Indiana and went out to eat. When we returned to Dad’s house – the message waited for us – My son had been in a terrible car crash, had sustained multiple injuries, and was in intensive care. There was something about a fire and having to be cut out of the car – but I was already headed for the car and my friend and I immediately returned to Tennessee…

It was a great relief to SEE him in Intensive Care – still among us. His feeble grin was missing a few teeth although it was hard to notice – with his nose having been ripped open – the metal staples all over the place – everything seemed like it was broken or bleeding. He had damaged his spine and his pelvis. He was going to live – but he was “messed up”

Over the next few days I met, spoke with, and thanked the people involved in saving his life. I also visited the site – recovering my ½ inch impact driver dangling by its cord from a tree branch a good 30 feet from the car. (We also suspect that impact is responsible for some of the damage to his head – as it WAS lying in the back before the crash – and I found it in front of the car – ouch)

But the thing that became more and more obvious was how miraculous my son’s rescue really was – he was one very lucky young man!

I have a small plastic display case – it contains the keys to that car – and what remains of the baseball hat he was wearing that day – some charred shreds clinging to a scorched bill….

The rescue

A light sprinkle was falling, so the telephone lineman packed up his gear and called it an early lunch. As he heads for home he passes the house of a retired gentleman…

Usually by this time, the gentleman was out on the lake fishing – his passion. But something kept him home that day – and he sat by his open front door – occasionally looking out through the glass storm door…

The rain ends, the lineman finishes his lunch and heads for his truck to return to work. The gentleman carries on a conversation with his wife – who is questioning why he isn’t out fishing….

My son comes down the road, and just before he passes the gentleman’s house, his car flies off the road, across the ditch, and into the trees… The car slides between two trees before hitting the third dead on – still about 6 feet off the ground. The impact on the third tree is so severe that the top 20 feet or so of tree snaps off – falling onto the car… the car is now invisible from the road…

A small fire begins under the hood… my son is unconscious… no one has seen or heard the wreck… the fire grows….

The lineman passes the gentleman’s house – but did he just see something out of the corner of his eye? He stops and backs up – yep – there’s a little fire burning in the woods there. Better take care of that before it gets out of control – he parks his truck along the road and grabs his fire extinguisher – just in case…

As he approaches the fire he realizes there is a CAR on fire – and there is a guy unconscious behind the wheel! He uses up his fire extinguisher killing the fire and tries to get my son out. My son is all twisted up in the wreckage and was unresponsive – he couldn’t get him out. Then the fire started AGAIN….

The lineman ran to the nearest house – and the gentleman answered the door. His wife called 911 while the two men ran to the gentleman’s boat in the driveway –grabbed his marine fire extinguisher – and ran back to the wreck. They were able to put the fire out again, but they still couldn’t get my son untangled – and then the fire started AGAIN…

Just a few days ago, the gentleman had finally gotten around to sorting out his garden hoses – untangling them and rolling them up in neat rolls…

The two men hastily pieced together every piece of hose the gentleman had and managed to reach to side of the road with it – by arcing the water as high as they could – they could JUST reach the engine compartment with the water – and managed to put out the fire a third time!

By now, emergency crews arrived and took over. My son was still unresponsive and one of the EMTs had to crawl into the wreck through the missing back window to help get him out.

It was miraculous that those two men did what they did when they did – and had exactly what they needed to save my son’s life. Without EITHER one of them – my son would not have survived. A real miracle.

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