Posted: Jul 7, 2013 2:07 PM by Cody Proctor - MTN News
GREAT FALLS - A Great Falls man's guardian angel was watching over him on Thursday after hay bales pinned him while working in his field.
Financial planner Ron Merry has been farming as a hobby for the last 20 years, and the 4th of July was just another typical summer day of work.
"I'd been working through this hot spell with my haying operation and getting everything lined up and ready to roll," said Merry.
While picking up bales out in his field, Merry's machine had a glitch.
While checking it out, one of the hay bales slipped off the top, hitting him in the head and knocking him over.
His left leg slipped between two of the machine's rails, causing him to bend backwards and breaking his leg in the process.
His cell phone flew out of his pocket and eight feet away during the fall, making him unable to call for help.
"I think I kinda felt like a deer that got its leg wrapped up in a barbed wire fence and was hanging there helplessly because there was absolutely nothing you could do without help when you get into that position," Merry said.
Merry yelled for help for about 10 minutes, hoping that someone would hear him.That someone ended up being Justin Goble.
Goble and his family were driving home after the 4th of July parade in Great Falls when he spotted Merry's equipment out in the pasture.
"So I stepped out the car and I could actually hear him yelling for help," Goble said.
Goble ran out into the field to help Merry, moving the hay bales off him and lifting him free to get his leg out.
Goble's wife called 911 and, while waiting for an ambulance, his son Nate gave the farmer a bottle of water.
"And he said, 'Thank you and the water is real tasty and good,'" said Nate.
"I'll tell you that felt really good," said Merry.
Merry ended up extremely lucky that day because the Goble normally take Frontage Road to get to their home in Sun Prairie.
"Some odd reason we decided to take the back roads and, well, thankfully we did," admits Goble.
"It just amazes me how lucky I was because it could have been deadly with the hot heat and not...somebody not seeing me out there," said Merry.
Merry expects to make a full recovery over the next few months and he plans to reward Goble sometime in the future.