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Dying Newspaper Saves Women Trapped In Patio Chair

by | 7th, September 2011

LOCAL News Story of The Day takes us to Liberty Hill, Texas, where Evelyn Rogers, 75, has become trapped in her garden furniture. It is early evening and Rogers sits on her chair. She spots a length of plastic sticking out from under the seat. She gives it a tug. The chair rips. She tumbles through the hole. The chair’s aluminium frame closes on her. She is stuck.

Evelyn’s chihuahua Lucy looks on.

Says Evelyn:

“I screamed until I couldn’t scream anymore. I told myself I couldn’t scream anymore because it wouldn’t do any good because there were no real close neighbors.”


“I told my little puppy, ‘We got to wait for the paper boy, because Mama can’t get out of the chair.'”

We like to think that Lucy nodded and wagged her tail.

The American Statesman news organ adds:

Later, she managed to use her clog to pull the garden hose closer and drink from it.

Morning came:

“I said, ‘Lucy, here comes that paper boy.’ ” Rogers said she started screaming as soon as she heard the delivery man toss the paper. Lucy started barking, and Rogers kept yelling, flinging her arms and kicking her feet.

“All of a sudden he stopped the car and came running over,” she said.

The paper sees a marketing opportunity:

Ethan Mueller, a 30-year-old student at Austin Community College, was delivering the American-Statesman about 5 a.m. He said last week that he almost drove away after tossing the paper, but he heard Rogers’ dog barking “pretty furiously.”

“That’s when I noticed a sound like a cat fighting with a dog, and I saw Evelyn waving her hands, but I couldn’t tell from a distance what the situation was,” he said…He drove back up the driveway, got out of his car and turned his bright headlines on, Mueller said. “I was just horrified,” he said. “All of her was just sandwiched between two bars of the chair.”

He called the ambulance.

“It was scary,” he said. “I cried with her.”

Says Evelyn now at home and recovered:

“Little Ethan is my hero. He saved my life, and he is part of my family now.”

More of the tale: And you thought newspapers were dead…

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