Ronnie Graves lost a leg; now he and his wife, Linda, help hobbled animals regain mobility.
By John Johnston, Associate Editor
On the day his life changed forever — May 15, 1975 — Ronnie Graves, F249255, was working at a fertilizer plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa. To prevent a foreman from being struck, Ronnie stepped between two railroad cars to set a brake. One of the cars knocked Ronnie down, and a wheel ran over his lower left leg. As he lay straddling the track, knowing he could be cut in half if the brake was not set, “I literally had to pull my own left leg off with my right hand,” he said.