AKRON, OH — Terry Leahy can smile now about the bone-chilling torture he endured to help save the life of his friend this weekend, according to WKYC-TV.
Leahy, a maintenance man at Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Litchfield, was surveying flood damage to a washed-out dam and bridge near the church with Reverend Edward (Ned) Weist and another priest Saturday afternoon, the article stated.
Leahy saw Reverend Weist lose his footing and tumble 25 feet from the edge of a ravine into a rushing, rain-swollen creek, the article noted.
"Father Ned was at the bottom yelling that he thought he had broken his leg. He was laying flat on his back in about two feet of water," said Leahy.
According to the article, with water nearly covering the priest''s face, Leahy handed his cell phone to the other priest and made his way down the ravine.
Worried about Reverend Weist possibly drowning, Leahy lifted the priest''s head and neck out of the water for 45 minutes until firefighters arrived, the article added.
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