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Courtesy Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department

Son saves dad after mower cuts off arm

The son of a Claypool man is credited with saving his father's life after a mower blade cut off his left arm just above the elbow.

On Monday afternoon, police and first responders arrived at 59-year-old Bill L. Linn's rural home, where they found he already had a tourniquet on his arm placed by his son, according to the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department.

“It was definitely a life-saving maneuver,” said Sgt. Chad Hill, public information officer for the sheriff's department.

Police learned Linn was standing at the side of a tractor when he started it.

The mower was in gear with the blades active and lunged forward, striking Linn, who fell to the ground and ended up with his left arm under the mower deck attached to the rear of the tractor, police said.

Linn was flown to Lutheran Hospital, where he was reported in critical condition Tuesday evening.