“I Knew I had Good Neighbors, But You Really Find Out what Kind of Neighbors You have in a Time like This”


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Just before harvest time in 2013, Joe Becker, who has a farm about nine-and-half-miles north of Rudyard, Montana, fell 12 feet while helping his son build a cabin and ended up with both legs in casts. His left leg had a broken tibia that required 10 screws, and his right leg had a hairline fracture and five broken toes. Fortunately, a neighbor called him and told him not to worry about the harvest — his neighbors would do the harvesting for him. On August 28, Mr. Becker sat in a wheelchair and watched his neighbors harvest his crops for him. He said, “I had six combines, several trucks, a tractor, and all kinds of help today and yesterday. To have those combines lined up like they were cutting their own crops was great. Once they got together, nobody had to tell anybody what to do or ask anybody to do anything. They just did it.” Fourteen neighbors and friends did the harvesting. Mr. Becker said, “They did in two and a half days what I usually do in seven. They wouldn’t take no for an answer. It was pretty awesome. It was like something that happens in the movies. I knew I had good neighbors, but you really find out what kind of neighbors you have in a time like this.” Mr. Becker’s wife, Jean, said, “It’s just so nice to have people who are willing to drop everything and help us. It was so wonderful and we couldn’t appreciate it more.” Mr. Becker said, “It’s the neatest thing I’ve seen in a lot of years. I’m eternally grateful for all these great neighbors.” The Good Samaritans are Craig, Dennis, and Zach Anderson; Darby Ditmar; Dick Ditmer; Jeff Hinds; Dan, Terry, and David Hybner; Clay Massa; Daniel Mikulecky; Ron Larson; Nick Moog; and Dan Redding.

For Further Information: John Paul Schmidt, “Neighbors help Rudyard man harvest crop.” Havre Daily News (Havre, Montana). 29 August 2013


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