A Little Boy &His Fishing Pole
Howard County Sheriff Jerry Marr got a disturbing call one Saturday
a few months ago.
His 6-year-old grandson Mikey had been hit by a car while fishing
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
When he got to Saint Joseph Hospital, he rushed through the
find Mikey conscious and in fairly good spirits.
"Mikey, what happened?" Sheriff Marr asked.
Mikey replied, "Well, Papaw, I was fishin' with Dad, and some lady
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
and an embankment and in the middle of a mud puddle. His only
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
Sheriff went out to Wal-mart and bought him a new one while he was
so he could have it
when he came out.
The next day the Sheriff sat with Mikey to keep him company in the
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 matter-of-factly said, "Papaw, did you
"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
"You did?" said the Sheriff.
"Yep," said Mikey. "When that lady runned me over and broke my
Jesus caught me in his arms and laid me down in the mud puddle."