June 4, 2018

Positivity: Boise youth football team meets with couple they helped rescue from overturned car

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Meridian, Nevada (video at link; HT Weasel Zippers):

May 30, 2018 09:16 PM
Updated June 01, 2018 01:33 PM

After making national headlines for rescuing two people in an overturned vehicle Tuesday night, the Boise Black Knights wanted to see that the couple they helped on a Oregon highway was doing OK.

The Black Knights, a team of mostly 13- and 14-year-old tackle football players, lifted the overturned car to help free the trapped couple after coming upon the accident.

The couple injured in the crash, Alan and Margaret Hardman, both 65, of Winnemucca, Nevada, suffered some broken bones, cuts and scrapes, but are expected to recover.

“I’ll tell you what — I don’t know how we would have done it without them,” Alan Hardman told the Statesman. “They didn’t even hesitate.”

The team met with the family Thursday evening at their daughter’s home in Meridian. The players, holding flowers, cookies and cards in hand, were overwhelmed with emotion; they hadn’t seen the Hardmans since they were taken away in an ambulance at the scene.

The team also presented the couple with a signed jersey and football.

“(We wanted to see them) because they were OK. They survived,” Atonio Fifita, a Black Knights player, said. “We just wanted to see them better than they were before.”

While driving back from winning the championship at the Bay Area Spring Football League Tournament of Champions in San Jose, the youth football team witnessed a rollover crash in front of one of the team’s vans on U.S. 95 in Oregon just south of Jordan Valley.

The responding agency, the Malheur County Sheriff’s Office, said the single-vehicle crash was likely caused due to high winds. Alan Hardman said he was asleep when the commotion started.

The Hardmans were on their way to the Boise area from Nevada because of a medical procedure for Alan. When he awoke, his wife, who was driving, had overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. Alan Hardman said he initially passed out from the accident but heard some “young voices” trying to help.

Orlando Clay, a player’s father, was driving the van immediately behind the crash. Clay said he got out of the van and checked the scene to make sure it wasn’t overly gruesome before telling the boys, a group of six offensive linemen, to come out to help.

At first Clay just thought the SUV, a red Land Rover, had driven off the road. It took the dust to settle to know how bad the situation was.

“We just saw basically dust fly up. We were probably 50 to 100 meters back,” Clay said. “You could see that they had flipped.”

Clay said they were able to rescue the man who was trapped with relative ease. The woman, who remained conscious during the ordeal, was stuck. At first glance, the players and coaches weren’t sure how much they could help.

Clay and the linemen tried to push the car but were unable to lift it enough to help her get free. About 30 minutes later a second van holding 12 more players showed up, and that allowed the group to rescue the woman, Clay said. …

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