FILER — Quick thinking by Filer teenagers saved the life of an 83-year-old man last month.
Robert Moody of Filer remembers trying to dial 911 on his cellphone, but his sight was too blurry to read the numbers on his phone.
Moody had been raking tree branches in his yard on Nov. 21 when he stopped to rest at his home west of Filer. He collapsed on his porch, but managed to raise his arm when he heard a car approaching on U.S. 30.
Vera Pedrow was driving to Buhl with her 16-year-old twin daughters, Madison and Megan, when Madison spotted Moody lying on the porch. She told her mother she thought the man was motioning for help.
Vera turned the car around and found Moody in distress after suffering a stroke. She stayed on the phone with a 911 dispatcher while her daughters watched for emergency personnel on the highway.
Filer High School Principal Leon Madsen said he wasn’t surprised when he heard how the Pedrows had saved Moody’s life.
“I don’t think they realize the gravity of what they’ve done,” Madsen said before an award ceremony Wednesday in the girls’ advisory class.
Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter presented awards to Madison, Megan and their mother. He also presented the twins with “challenge coins” in appreciation.
“What they did was pretty damn spectacular,” Carter said. “I’m proud to be here and proud to do this.”
Moody was first taken to St. Luke’s Magic Valley Hospital before spending two weeks at the Boise VA Medical Center for rehabilitation. Today, Moody has a bounce in his step and a smile on his face.
“I was really lucky this young lady was looking out for me,” Moody said Wednesday as he gave Madison a hug. “Thank you. You’re my hero.”