Neighbors help bring in harvest
Jerry Hurd of Alta who was injured in a combine fire on Friday, Oct. 10th continues to recover. The flash fire started and went quickly. Jerry had to jump from the platform of his combine through the flames to escape.
He did sustain 2nd degree burns to his head and 3rd degree burns on his arms. According to the Newell Fire Department the fire started around the cab area. "By the time we got there it was fully engulfed," said Newell Fire Chief Bruce Erie. "It was burned up so bad it's hard to tell what started it." According to Erie the combine was completely totalled.
Hurd was transported from Loring Hosptial in Sac City, to Sioux City and then on to Omaha. He underwent grafting surgery and has been recovering at Clarkson Hospital in Omaha. The Hurd family said they wish to thank the 911 operator and the Newell Fire Department for a fast response to the incident.
Farm neighbors have helped them finish harvesting soybeans, and friends and family have showered them with support, they say.
"Words cannot express how proud and blessed we are to live in such a giving community," said Jerry's wife Sandy.
Well wishes may be sent to Jerry at home:
Jerry & Sandy Hurd
28B Fairway Dr.
Alta, IA 51002