GASCONADE COUNTY, Mo. – Mike Horstmann was driving to see his father a few days after the St. Louis received the first big snow of the season. He was traveling along a country highway in Gasconade County when something went wrong.
“Something tells me to go back and see what it is,” Horstmann said.
He spotted an elderly woman covered in a snowy ditch. She slipped and fell while receiving her letter. She is injured and can only raise her left arm whenever a car passes by to try to get someone’s attention.
“She was in a lot of pain,” Horstmann said.
He was the only one who noticed something was wrong and stopped to help. The woman told him she had been stuck for almost an hour and was freezing.
“I took off my coat and covered her as best I could,” Horstmann said. He called 911 for help and used some blankets from the woman’s home to try to keep her warm.
Horstmann told the dispatcher that the woman did not think she would survive much longer. He said, “I was asked by the ambulance dispatcher to keep her talking. Don’t let her fall asleep.”
The woman was transported to an area hospital and is on the way to recovery. Her family has asked for privacy but there will most likely be a reunion at some point.
“I plan to visit her when she gets home,” Horstmann said. He said the woman told him she wanted to see him again.
Horstmann is still unclear why he came back that day.
“At that point, there was a 50-50 chance for me to turn around or move on,” he said. “I don’t know what told me to turn around and come back.”
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