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MONROEVILLE Carving Jesus brought a Monroeville man to his knees. While carving the face of Jesus int
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

 

MONROEVILLE

Carving Jesus brought a Monroeville man to his knees.

While carving the face of Jesus into an 8-foot-tall, 42-inch-wide white oak, Matt Missey fell backward onto a 2-foot chunk of wood 6 feet below, injuring his lower back and breaking five ribs.

"I was carving Jesus and the devil didn't like it," Missey said.

Before he hit the ground, he managed to place the running chain saw on the scaffolding from which he fell.

"I do not know what happened to this day," Missey said. "My first thoughts were to stand up and get the saw shut off."

And so he did. He managed to reach up, shut the saw off, crawl to his truck, reach across the seats and grab his cell phone from the visor. Determination? Maybe. But Missey, his wife Cathy, and others believe that a greater power aided him that March 26 afternoon.

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