Lorraine Mongan is happy to have her son, Matthew, home in time for the holidays. A feat, she said, that would not have been possible without the quick assistance of two good Samaritans and local first responders.
“Our family will never be able to express how grateful we are to everyone who saved our son’s life,” Mongan said. “I know to them it’s their daily job, but they’re our heroes for life and I’ll never be able to thank them enough. May God bless each and every one who was involved.”
On Dec. 1, Matthew Mongan Sercer, 20, was working on a farm just outside of the Plainfield town limits when he had a major accident with an auger. He was cleaning out the silage wagon when his clothing became caught in the machinery and he was nearly torn apart.
“It hooked on his pant leg and it drug him down,” Lorraine Mongan said. “He was working alone. If it weren’t for a guy walking into the farm house who saw Matthew ... it could have been so much worse.”
Dustin Jenkins lives in the farm house and was outside talking to a friend, Sean Ellis, who was there hunting.
“Dustin said he saw Matthew’s hat fly up and knew something was wrong,” Mongan said. “He happened to be at the right place at the right time.”
Jenkins and Ellis ran to turn off the tractor and assist Matthew. Ellis then ran back to the house to have Dena Jenkins call 911.
Matthew also asked Jenkins to call his mother.
“I made him repeat what he was saying three times before I heard him say ‘Matthew,’” Lorraine said. “He said ‘yes, Matthew has been in an accident. He’s dying.’
“I was there in five minutes. I thank God for these three people who were there to save my son. They were not supposed to be home that day — their plans were canceled last minute. It was God’s blessing that they were there.”