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Nov 4, 2009 11:48 AM by sleonard

Man injured when steeple fell thanks rescuers

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A man who was injured last week when a huge church steeple was toppled by a tornado says he owes his life to Shreveport police and the city's fire and rescue squads.
Michael Williams spoke to reporters from his hospital bed Tuesday. The landmark steeple fell on the car he was in last Thursday and he had to be pulled from the wreckage. The 57-year-old
graphic artist has had surgery for a broken and dislocated wrist since he was rescued. He also had a finger partially amputated and he is in a body cast.
A trauma surgeon at LSU Medical Center says Williams' most pressing injury is a broken vertebra but that is expected to heal without surgery, The Times of Shreveport reported.
Williams spoke in a hushed voice to reporters and photographers from his LSU Hospital room decorated with photographs of his grandchildren. Scrapes and bruises were visible on his face and
hands. His wife Judy was with him.
"I'm here for a reason. I just don't know what it is yet," Williams said. "I'll let you know when I find out."

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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