Howard County Sheriff Jerry Marr got a
disturbing call one Saturday afternoon a
few months ago. His 6-year-old grandson
Mikey had been hit by a car while fishing in
Greentown with his dad. The father and
son were near a bridge by the Kokomo
Reservoir when a woman lost control of her
car, slid off the bridge and hit Mikey at a rate
of about 50 mph.
Sheriff Marr had seen the results of accidents
like this and feared the worst. When he got
to Saint Joseph Hospital, he rushed through
the emergency room to find Mikey conscious
and in fairly good spirits considering what had
happened to him.
"Mikey, what happened?" Sheriff Marr asked.
Mikey replied, "Well, Papaw, I was fishin' with
Dad, and some lady runned me over, I flew into
a mud puddle, and broke my fishin' pole and I
didn't get to catch no fish!"
As it turned out, the impact propelled Mikey
about 500 feet, over a few trees and an
embankment and in the middle of a mud
puddle. His only injuries were to his right
femur bone which had broken in two places.
Mikey had surgery to place pins in his leg.
Otherwise the boy is fine.
Since all the boy could talk about was that his
fishing pole was broken, the Sheriff went out
to Wal-Mart and bought him a new one while
he was in surgery so he could have it when he
The next day the Sheriff sat with Mikey to keep
him company in the hospital. Mikey was enjoying
his new fishing pole and talked about when he
could go fishing again as he cast into the trash can.
When they were alone, Mikey, just a matter-of-fact,
said, "Papaw, did you know Jesus is real?"
"Well," the Sheriff replied, a little startled.
"Yes, Jesus is real to all who believe in him
and love him in their hearts."
"No," said Mikey. "I mean Jesus is REALLY real."
"What do you mean?" asked the Sheriff.
"I know he's real 'cause I saw him." said Mikey,
still casting into the trash can.
"You did?" said the Sheriff.
"Yep," said Mikey. "When that lady runned me
over and broke my fishing pole, Jesus caught me
in his arms and laid me down in the mud puddle."
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