Orlando woman's frantic phone calls help save husband's life - FOX 35 News Orlando

Orlando woman's frantic phone calls help save husband's life

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ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

A Central Florida woman helps save her husband's life from across the country.
 
Lisa Rutledge was in Orlando when her husband, who is a truck driver, got stuck in the snow all the way in Indiana.
    
At first, Lisa was slightly annoyed when she didn't hear from her husband Monday morning. Tim has been a truck driver for years, and always calls when he hits the road.
 
"That's the only morning he never really called me, so I just still can't believe that he didn't," Lisa said.
 
The slip might have saved Tim's life. He was at a truck stop outside Indianapolis on Monday morning, His brakes had frozen overnight and Tim got underneath the rig to check them out. That's when the truck shifted in the snow, pinning him to the ground.
 
"It caught my left side and my left arm was pinned by the axle of the truck," Tim explained.
 
Tim laid there for hours on one of the coldest days in recent Indiana history, with wind chills at negative 42 degrees. His phone was in his pocket, and Tim couldn't call for help.
 
"I wound up being frozen to the pavement in the snow," he said.
 
Lisa knew something was wrong, so she kept calling and calling, causing the phone to vibrate in Tim's pocket and it eventually dropped to the ground. His hands were too frozen to dial, but he was able to get the voice command to make one call.
 
"I remember saying, ‘Whoever this is, whatever you do, don't hang up the phone,' he said, "If they hung up the phone it was going to be my last chance to talk to anybody."
 
The person on the other end was his supervisor, who figured out where he was and called Pilot to let them know that he was stuck. Employees rushed to dig him out and called 911.
 
Hours after her first worried phone call, Lisa finally got a call back; From the EMS workers who revived her husband.
 
"I thought about our kids and grandkids and that we just had Christmas. I was just thankful he was still alive," Lisa told FOX 35.

It was so cold out there, Tim had to be cut out of his frozen clothes. Amazingly, he didn't even get frostbite. He's a little weak, but Lisa said he'll be fine. Doctors are planning to release Tim on Thursday.

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