Family searches for guardian angel to thank

Family searches for guardian angel to thank

GIFFORD -- Six people were taken to the hospital after a tornado swept through town, but one family needs help finding the person they believe saved a life.
GIFFORD -- Six people were taken to the hospital after a tornado swept through town, but one family needs help finding the person they believe saved a life. WCIA-3's Megan Brilley has the story.

"There was a love seat over here that she sat on."

It's where Kenny Heimburger's mom, Joann, was when the tornado ripped through the wall in front of her.

"Mom tried to get up to try and get into the hallway."

But, high winds knocked her down, pinning her against the wall.

"Got tangled up in her oxygen lines, fell down."

Joann is 73-years old and has COPD, a disease which makes it hard to breathe. All she could do is try to yell for help when someone ran in from the street.

"He just came from nowhere. The kid was taking debris off her, yelling. When he finally got to her, he saw her condition and started to cry."

Heimburger says the stranger got down on his knees and prayed with her.

"They helped save her. I'm sure they helped save her. She would have blacked out. That's the guardian angel part of it."

Minutes later, a firefighter ran in and picked her up. She was taken away in an ambulance and never saw the man again.

"I'd like to thank him very much and shake his hand, give him a hug, tell him how much I appreciate him."

So, if he's watching, Heimburger wants him to know he's forever thankful for saving his guardian angel.

"My mom."

Joann is in ICU with a lot of bumps and bruises. She's undergone surgery, is coherent and is expected to be OK.

Rusty nails, glass and other debris covered the streets and yards in town. If you step on something and fear infection, the health department has an area for free tetanus shots. It will be set up across from Casey's at Hick's Gas.
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