Benefit to help McCoy
Published: Thursday, June 20th, 2013
A little over a month ago, Sarah McCoy’s day was going just as planned. She and her girls were on their way to help with a branding in Hermosa. At a 6:45 a.m., the group was making its way to the branding by horse. Not even an hour later, first responders arrived on scene to take McCoy to the hospital.
“I borrowed a horse to help with the branding and everything was going OK,” she said. “Soon into the ride the horse started bucking. It happened so fast.”
Instead of following the direction the horse was trying to buck McCoy from, she bailed out and ended up falling flat on her back.
“I figured had I gone forward, I would be in worse condition than I am now,” she said. “After it happened I tried to move, but I couldn’t. I knew something was wrong.”
Instead of getting worked up, McCoy stayed calm and told her girls — ages 14, 12 and 10 — to find the owner of the property and get help.
“They were shook up. For them to see me kind of shook up was unnerving, but I tried to stay levelheaded so I didn’t worry them. Freaking out wasn’t going to help anyone,” she said. “I think the adrenaline kicked in and helped a bit. I really didn’t feel much pain right away.”
After she fell and landed on her back, McCoy rolled to her right side. Once help arrived, four people slowly rolled her onto her back, which felt better.
“Somebody else was driving by on an ATV or they saw my girls trying to find help and they were the ones who called 911,” McCoy said. “First responders from Hermosa were first on scene, then Rapid City followed.”
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