NLR Cyclist Talks to 1 of his Heroes For 1st Time

Cyclist wants to meet the men who saved his life.
...I'm the guy you scraped off the pavement. You and your partners, you saved my life.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - On Dec. 20, Greg Shane had a cycling accident that he will never forget. He was riding in Burns Park and took a turn heading down a hill.  At 67 years old, Shane found himself lying on the pavement.

"(I) Started down the hill, looked at my speedometer, I was going about 25, next thing I know I was on the ground, right in the middle of the road," he said.

The moments during the accident are still vivid in his mind.

"It's not pretty to say, but I watched the flesh peel off my fingers as the bike rolled across the asphalt," he recalled.

As he was in the middle of the road, he said helped arrived in the form of three strangers.

"The two of them had to actually, physically pick me up, and move me to the side of the road," he said.

Greg made it to the hospital where he spent three days. He suffered from road rash, broken ribs, a deflated lung and a bruised chest.

During his time in the hospital he didn't know the names of the men who came to his rescue. On Monday, 10 days after the crash, Shane finally got to talk to one of his heroes.

He called John Barrett and said, "This is Greg Shane, I'm the guy you scraped off the pavement. You and your partners, you saved my life."

Barrett works for North Little Rock Waste Water.

"We just wanted to make sure everything was going to be OK," Barrett said.
The call was about 90 seconds, enough time for Shane to voice his gratitude.

"I just felt like that it was important for me to say, 'Thank you," he said.

Shane would like to meet all three of his rescuers. He says all work for the city.

Shane does not plan on giving up on cycling, and is hoping to return to the trails of central Arkansas in about two months. 
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