NEOGA -- Substitute rural mail carrier Jayson Himes has been credited with saving the life of a Neoga man last week who was injured while working on his truck.

Lacey Gossett of Neoga said her father, 60-year-old Brian Prahl, was on a dolly under his truck on March 11 when this vehicle rolled backwards on him at his home.

Gossett said Himes had just dropped off a package nearby and was leaving when he noticed that her father's truck was rolling backwards with the hood open and that her father's dog was "going crazy." She said Himes then got out of his vehicle, saw that her father was severally hurt, and called 911.

"Jayson Himes is our family's hero. If it wasn't for him, my dad could have died," Gossett said.

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Gossett said her father was airlifted to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana for treatment of internal bleeding and other injuries. Gossett said he went in for surgery, had his spleen taken out, and was sedated all night. She said her father had another surgery on his left arm on March 12.

Himes told the Effingham Daily News that after calling 911, he stayed with Prahl until an ambulance crew arrived at the scene and determined that he needed to be airlifted.

"This was a first for my mail career and my life," he said. "I just happened to be at the right place at the right time."

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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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