Eric pays it forward
THE distant sound of an angle grinder still gives Ingoldsby man Eric Walk a horrible feeling.
This is understandable considering just three years ago Mr Walk suffered horrific injuries as a result of an angle grinder blowing up as he was cutting a plate of steel.
It was September 2011 when the blade sliced through his jaw, collarbone, three ribs and the top of his lung, missing major arteries by just 2mm.
Trying to call what he thought was 000, the phone then went dead as he tried to find the buttons with blood-smeared glasses.
"That's when I thought, 'All right, I have got to give it a go and drive for help," he said.
So Mr Walk slowly drove to a nearby piggery and tried to grab the attention of a worker, but the loud machinery made that difficult.
"I was blowing the horn and waving my arms, and when he did stop and get off the loader, it was only to check the heap that he was working on, and when he got back on, that was when I thought about hopping back in my ute," he said.
But he made one more attempt for help, and finally someone came to his aid.
An ambulance was called, and not long afterwards, an RACQ CareFlight helicopter landed in the Ingoldsby school oval, which Mr Walk credits with saving his
After three days in a coma and nine days at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Mr Walk is left with an impressive scar, and with the help of the Ingoldsby Recreation Club Incorporated, he has continued to give back to the service that saved his life.
Mr Walk and the club committee presented a cheque to RACQ Careflight last week at the same place the helicopter landed.
He said he owed his life to them and would be forever thankful to both Careflight and his neighbours, who had helped him out
"When I was in hospital, all these people came down and cleaned my house, my ute and mowed my lawn," he said.
Mr Walk said despite his injuries, he was now "as good as gold".