Travis Flanagan knew he was in trouble! On March 13th, he was helping his father on a farm in the Greene-Smithville area and his coveralls got caught on the corn harvester. He ended up having his legs amputated below the knee and because of the heroic efforts of so many first responders, he is still with us today.

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Flanagan credits a number of things that helped him survive this horrible accident. He pointed out the fact that the Guthrie helicopter from Sayre, Pennsylvania had blood on board that it could give him.

Did you know that that medical choppers in New York are not allowed to carry blood? I didn't either and New York is the only state that is not allowed to do so. I wonder why that is? Anyway, it's quite a remarkable story of courage, inner strength, and perseverance. You can read his story here.

Flanagan's First Responders BBQ Fundraiser

So now, Travis and the rest of his family and friends want to say "Thank you"  with a Flanagan's First Responders BBQ Fundraiser. It'll take place on Sunday, August 29th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Greenwood Park, 153 Greenwood Road in Lisle.

The Flanagan family will donate ALL the proceeds of this benefit to the first responder organizations that helped to save his life. It includes Smithville Fire Department, Greene EMS, the Genegantslet Fire Department, and Guthrie Air.

If you are interested in getting tickets, you can call (607) 206-8441. You will be able to enjoy Brooks' BBQ, musical entertainment with the Mud Hens, a helicopter landing, and much more.

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