Benefit Friday for area man injured Feb. 24

Rick Myers of Blue Hill is a patient at Madonna Rehabilitation
Hospital in Lincoln following a Feb. 24 vehicle crash that left
him with a contusion to his spinal cord.

BLUE HILL — In the blink of an eye, everything can change for an individual, a family and a community. The community of Blue Hill is pulling together to help in just this type of change.

Rick Myers of Blue Hill, 42, was on his way to work at around 6:30 in the morning on Feb. 24 with 5 inches of snow on the ground when his pickup hit a patch of ice, slid into a guardrail and wrecked. The impact caused the pickup to roll and then flip. It became wedged under the bridge itself.

Myers, who was wearing a seat belt, was found face-down and unconscious with the pickup still running. Items from the vehicle were found some 300 feet away.

Myers remembers fishtailing in his vehicle on the ice and seeing the guardrail sign; then, everything went dark. Passersby who witnessed the crash called for help.

“I was lucky that people saw the accident,” Myers said. “With where I was located and the amount of light at that time of day, I could have been there for a long time.”

A fundraiser for Myers is Friday at the Community Center in Blue Hill and will consist of a taco and nacho bar from 5:30-7 p.m. and bingo from 6-8 p.m., followed by an auction.

“There have been many great donations and the outpouring of support is overwhelming,” said Jessica Alber, one of the events organizers. "There have been over 108 items donated so far, and more keep coming in,” she said. The group has gotten everything from Nebraska game tickets to food coupons.

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