This weekend, our family was in awe of the support system in place here in our country setting. We are so thankful that our neighbor/friend, Julian, Pinion, is doing okay...
What was to be a nice fall afternoon turned into sheer moments of fright when his tractor toppled over on top of him while baling hay. We received a call right away from his wife, Patrice. Our guys and a friend working here on our farm that day, ran over to provide help. At that time, we called 911 - It was incredible to see how quickly help came. First to arrive on the scene was a Sheriff, then a wonderful neighbor/paramedic, Jorie Hunnerdosse. We cannot tell you how relieved we were when we saw these two gentlemen arrive within 8-10 minutes of the call. Next, our wonderful neighbor, John Lawyer and his wife, Lori, arrived on the scene.
Two other sheriff cars came, the New Virginia Rescue Team, the Indianola Fire/Rescue Team and Life Flight. These men were so calm, extremely confident in what they were doing and all worked together to get the job done and were able to get Julian out safely. Flight Rescue Team airlifted Julian to Iowa Methodist, where once again, quick and competent help took over.
Julian escaped this horrific accident with bruised lungs, some fracture ribs and a little fracture on his pelvic bone, and a few burns on his legs from the acid from the tractor motor. He will be in the hospital for a couple weeks. The doctors said that he was a very "lucky man", but we like to reference it as a "Blessed Man". Calls for prayer to local church prayer chains went out immediately. We are so thankful for God's ever watchful eye and hand of mercy during this time of need.
When we moved to the country 8 years ago, we always had a bit of uneasiness as to an emergency. Living rurally, one is quite vulnerable...but the quickness to respond to help when needed was impressive...and the band of neighbor support was moving to see.
So...thank you to each of you for what you do...for being there and supporting our community!! Your presence of mind in this time of stress was truly incredible. And Thank You to all of you who dedicate you lives to saving lives.
~The Hardin Family, Don, Donna, Spenser, Chase, Zach & Grayson