Right after last week’s commission meeting, EMA Director Bob Franklin received notification that Crawford and Ladonia first responders were undertaking the rescue of a man in Crawford who was trapped in a 30’ water well on his property. The man, a senior citizen, had tied a rope to a tree and knotted the rope for hand holds with the intention of hoisting himself back up after letting himself down to clean the well.
However, once at the bottom, he discovered he didn’t have enough upper body strength to pull himself up again. The man was alone and had not notified anyone of his intentions. Fortunately, he had his cellphone. Typically, it’s near impossible to get a signal that far underground, but God must have been looking out for him as he managed to get a signal on his third try and got a call out to emergency services. The fire departments used a wench on one of the fire trucks to hoist the man to safety.
“It was tight,” Franklin said. “He was shoulder to shoulder touching the concrete pipe in the well. I would never have gone in that pipe.”
Franklin said the commission hopes to recognize the first responders at the next meeting.