Shawnee man fell in the middle of night, saved by KC Star paper delivery man
by Kelly Urich,posted Jan 9 2014 8:12AM
On Monday, 77-year-old Tony Soetaert of Shawnee, Kansas and former major, was taking out his trash around 3:30 in the morning – which, let’s be real here, is like 11:00 A.M. in senior citizen time.
While doing this, he slipped, fell, and couldn't get up – when it was NEGATIVE SEVEN DEGREES out! Somehow Tony managed to crawl to his garage, which was open, and started honking his car horn to wake people up – but no one heard.
Luckily, Jeff Stockwell of the Kansas City Star was Tony's PAPER DELIVERY GUY, who just happened to come by about 30 minutes later and heard him yelling. Actually, he said it sounded more like a CAT, and he almost left – but at the last second he turned around.
And it's a good thing he did, because Tony was rushed to the hospital, where they treated him for hypothermia, and his body temperature was just 92 degrees. He ended up being out in the elements for about 45 minutes.
Thankfully, doctors expect him to make a full recovery. As for Jeff, who was filling in and wasn't even on his normal route that morning, says he's glad he was there to help.