Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gentleman Yields!

Assistant Majority Leader Bedke back to work after a close call, fellow lawmakers welcome him back with homespun humor. --Steve Ritter photo.
Bedke Back in the House

BOISE —Monday morning Assistant Majority Leader Scott Bedke returned to the House Floor after a farming accident earlier this month crushed his back and injured his spine.

Bedke told fellow lawmakers he'd been humbled by his experience and in the wake of the accident: "Every day is a holiday, every meal a feast."

The Oakley Rancher was injured a week ago when a hay bale weighing more than a ton fell on him. Bedke had his cellphone in a pocket and was able to call 911 for help and was transported to Cassia Regional Medical Center in Burley, where he was treated for minor fractures to his spine and sternum.

On Tuesday afternoon his colleagues presented him with a plaque to commemorate the ordeal with humor, the plaque reads 'Gentleman Yields'. Bedke says its great to be back but says he's 'still very sore.'

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