Dump employee not seriously injured

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, October 6, 2018

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Larry Stevens continued to offer praise to the first responders that helped free him last Saturday from a cardboard recycling compactor at the Wise County Dump.

Stevens escaped any longterm injuries from the accident, where his leg became entangled in the compactor.

“There are no broken bones, just a lot of bruising,” Stevens said from his home this week.

“I can’t praise [the first responders] enough.”

Firefighters from Decatur Fire Department sawed a hole in the top of the compactor and began working to clear debris blocking Stevens’ feet. It took around an hour of intensive work to free Stevens’ leg.

Oncor Electric employees cut off power to the dump to aid in the rescue. Decatur Police officers helped in the extrication effort.

“Their expertise is the reason I’m OK,” Stevens said.

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