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Boy Hears Screams, Rescues Injured Farm Worker

Posted November 26, 2007

— A Sampson County boy is being hailed as a hero after alerting authorities to a farming accident that critically injured a worker.

Jonathan Pounder had been sent home from school for acting up in class on Nov. 5 when he heard screaming from a nearby field.

"(It was) like someone was getting hurt," Jonathan said.

The 12-year-old tried to convince his mother to find the source of the screams, but she and other adults dismissed him.

"We just thought the donkeys had gotten loose, and one of the workers was screaming for someone else to help him," said Penni McKee, Jonathan's mother. "He was insisting that we had to go down there."

When McKee and her mother went with Jonathan in search of the source of the screams, they found a farm worker dangling from a combine.

"He was hanging from his arms," Jonathan said. "It was gross."

Lalo Rodriguez was knocking a pile of corn off the combine when the rollers pulled his arms into the machine.

A dozen firefighters had to employ two extraction devices to free Rodriguez from the combine. He was airlifted to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where his right arm had to be amputated at the elbow.

Authorities said Jonathan's quick thinking likely saved Rodriguez's life.

"I think God spoke to him to get him down there," McKee said.

Jonathan disregards the hero talk, saying he just wants to meet Rodriguez after he is released from the hospital.

"I just want to see how he's doing," he said.

The Faith Chapel Church of God in Roseboro is accepting donations for Rodriguez's family, since he is the only provider for his wife and three sons and Christmas is a few weeks off. People can bring donations to any of the church services or mail donations to the church at P.O. Box 1369, Roseboro, NC 28382.

The church's pastor, the Rev. Glenn Morgan, also can be reached at 910-531-4529.


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  • Adelinthe Nov 28, 2007

    Kudos to this young lad.

    Praying for the Rodriguez family. Getting ones arms caught in a combine is a horrible thing.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • beafraidimstillhere Nov 28, 2007

    I agree with you NCchick.

    Good thing this boy acted up in class; he saved this guy's life.

  • Lissa13082 Nov 28, 2007

    I kinda feel sorry for people like pta and haggis... Eventually they will see what they have been blind to all this time, I just hope it's not too late for them by the time they find the Truth... God will forgive them their ignorance if they find Him and seek forgiveness and I hope one day they do... Pray for people like haggis and pta because they need it!

  • haggis basher Nov 27, 2007

    "Those things have nothing to do with religion." In what way do they differ? I can see none at all. They are simply beliefs different from yours. Some are proven to be bad others are pretty harmless but there is zero difference in the basics that you need to believe in them without any proof. This very act is intellectually dishonest and unworthy of any respect.

  • TruthBKnown Nov 27, 2007

    Haggis, you have no idea what respect is about. I have nothing more to say to you.

  • TruthBKnown Nov 27, 2007

    "But how can you ask someone to respect it when you would not say the same for someone who beleives in Horoscopes, Fortune tellers, Fairies, Communism, Facism or Flying Spagetti Monsters?"

    Why should I respect someone's belief in those things the same way I would respect their belief or disbelief in God? Those things have nothing to do with religion. I said I respected Ptah, although I disagree with him. You don't have to agree with someone on something to respect their belief.

  • haggis basher Nov 27, 2007

    "Zeus, taking advantage of the situation raped her." And just how do you think Mary got preganant?.......at least Zeus had the decency to marry her....A plague on both your Gods, the FSM would never behave in such a bad way. May you be touched by his noodliness!

  • Gunslinger Nov 27, 2007

    I have grown quite fond of seeing PTA's post. Really no sarcasm. He is usually able to bring a chuckle to me.

    However, PTA, I think that last post was beneath your usual discourse.

    These discourses always come down to Pascal's Wager an lead nowhere fast.

  • haggis basher Nov 27, 2007

    "You don't have to agree with them, but you can still respect them, as well." Sorry but I can't. I can understand the poorly educated and slow of thinking being fooled by organised religion and I can see why the mentally ill can beleive in someone who "talks" to them. But I cannot see why an intelligent, educated, sane person would spend more than a few minutes on this nonsense. I'm not saying that religion and religious organizations can't do some good and perhaps its better that the dumber amounst us do believe as it keeps them in order and gives them simple answers to things they do not have the capacity to understand. But how can you ask someone to respect it when you would not say the same for someone who beleives in Horoscopes, Fortune tellers, Fairies, Communism, Facism or Flying Spagetti Monsters?

  • dell Nov 27, 2007

    Gee mom......thanks for listening to your kid. You could have saved a whole lot more if you reacted a little sooner.