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Two delivery truck drivers save Franklin County man’s life after lawnmower accident


Joseph Fitzgerald and Chris Ayers work for Aaron’s, a rental company.

But on October 20th they were driving to a furniture delivery when their lives changed.

“We saw a man sitting on the side of the road,” says Fitzgerald.

That man was Lax Mitchell and he waved them down.

“We got out and I looked over and I happened to see him arm and I yelled at Joe called 911 immediately,” says Ayers.

“They saved my life and I know that,” says Mitchell.

Mitchell was mowing his lawn. “I had done the very same thing I had done many times,” says Mitchell.

But this time the 92-year-old slipped, along with his lawnmower.

“And I could see the blades coming around cutting out portions of my arm,” he said.

“I was just worried that we hadn’t gotten there in time and that he wasn’t going to make and also worried that it was taking so long for the ambulance to get there,” says Fitzgerald.

The two quickly went into action.

“Joey had run and got the towels so we could tie up his arm and we tied it as tight as we could get it,” says Ayers.

But it wasn’t enough so they took a furniture band from the truck and tied that around his arm too.

“At times I thought that was it, that he was going to die right here with us,” says Ayers.

But he didn’t.

“The doctor told me the other day when I saw that I actually died twice and the only alternative he had was to take this arm off because I was about to bleed to death,” says Mitchell.

Mitchell credits them for saving his life and they say, they would do it again.

“No job is more important than helping with someone in need I mean that trumps your job any time of the day,” says Fitzgerald.

Mitchell doesn’t have any children so he says these two men are now like his grandsons.

And Joseph and Chris agree, they just inherited a new grandfather.

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