Vestavia 'snow angel' rescued from ravine improving at UAB

Vestavia 'snow angel' rescued from ravine improving at UAB

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Kelly Garner was helping stranded drivers in the ice storm before he slipped and fell down a ravine. He was found the next morning and is in "serious" condition at UAB Hospital. Source: VHPD Kelly Garner was helping stranded drivers in the ice storm before he slipped and fell down a ravine. He was found the next morning and is in "serious" condition at UAB Hospital. Source: VHPD
Garner's neighbors Sheila and Steve Bendall helped search for him on Wednesday morning. Source: WBRC video Garner's neighbors Sheila and Steve Bendall helped search for him on Wednesday morning. Source: WBRC video
Garner fell down a ravine near the Vestavia Hills Library. He had a broken back and underwent back surgery at UAB, his neighbors said. Source: WBRC video Garner fell down a ravine near the Vestavia Hills Library. He had a broken back and underwent back surgery at UAB, his neighbors said. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A Vestavia Hills man who rescued stranded drivers during last week's ice storm is improving at UAB hospital, according to his neighbors.

On Tuesday January 28, Kelly Garner was helping people on Highway 31. He fell down a ravine near the Vestavia Library and went missing around 7 p.m. Garner's friends tell said he has type 1 diabetes and his blood sugar got low while he was helping people. That may have contributed to his fall.

His neighbors formed a search group Wednesday morning and found him around 8:30 a.m.

Sheila and Steve Bendall are two of Garner's neighbors who searched for him. They said Garner had a broken back when they found him. They immediately began wrapping clothes around him and called 911.

First responders and neighbors were able to pull him out of the ravine and get him to a hospital. The Bendalls say Garner had back surgery on Friday, January 31 and doctors are impressed by his recovery.

A UAB Hospital spokesperson says Garner is listed in serious condition.

Garner's family has set up a benefit fund at Regions Bank if anyone would like to help the family with medical bills. Just make a donation to the "Kelly Garner Fund."

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