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Man, 75, trapped under horse, leery about MedFlight

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

CAPSHAW — A man who spent nearly 30 minutes trapped under a horse was leery about getting on a helicopter, even if it was MedFlight.

That's because the accident victim, H.L. Redding, is a Vietnam veteran who was on a helicopter that crashed after getting shot down.

"It was only a few feet off the ground when that happened, and he wasn't hurt in the crash, but he hasn't been on one since," said Redding's wife, Jane.

East Limestone Volunteer Fire Department EMT and firefighter Marysia McFann said she assured Redding "we would take care of him."

"They gave him some medicine for pain, and I think he got to the point he was glad to get on that helicopter to get to the hospital," Jane Redding said.

On Sunday evening, H.L. Redding, 75, was riding alone on a trail on Menefee Road, north of Nick Davis Road, when his horse stumbled and fell.

Jane Redding said the horse might have tripped on a rock.

"The horse laid on him and wouldn't get up, so he thought the horse had broke its neck or something," she said. "After about 30 minutes, the horse got up, and he was able to get to his cell phone and call for help."

East Limestone and Segers responded.

McFann said Redding had injuries to his hip and shoulder.

MedFlight took him to Huntsville Hospital. Jane Redding said Monday her husband was home and doing OK.

The impact dislocated his artificial hip, and he is bruised and sore, she said.

The horse was not injured. McFann said the horse remained with his owner until help arrived.

"He was a little spooked about everything going on, but he let me pet him," McFann said.

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