Sugar Creek Township firefighters help man who fell, return to finish his yard work

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HANCOCK COUNTY, Ind. (November 4, 2015) – A group of Sugar Creek Township firefighters are receiving praise after they went above and beyond the call of duty when a man fell from a tree.

Donald Minix, 66, was attempting to cut a tree down in his front yard last Sunday. He was on a ladder approximately 20 feet off the ground.

As he cut the last limb, it hit the ladder and knocked him to the ground. He landed on his back on top of concrete landscaping.

His wife Shane called 911, and the Sugar Creek Township Fire Department responded to the scene.

When Donald was transported to the hospital, the couple’s yard was a mess. There were two huge limbs, lots of brush, and the remainder of the tree left in the front yard.

But when Shane returned to their home, all of the yard mess had been cleaned up. A neighbor told Shane that the Sugar Creek Township Fire Department returned to their home and took care of everything.

Shane works for Rosegate, and they catered lunch for the firefighters on Wednesday to thank them.

Donald has two fractured vertebrae and a sprained ankle. He was released from the hospital and is now recovering at home.