Nun rescues man: Doug Goldman, 74, was trapped under a tree

February 2, 2016 | By Garrett Montgomery More

A nun rescues a man, who was trapped under a tree, and the story makes headlines. A sister from the Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey said while strolling and praying in a nearby forest she heard the man crying for help and rushed to his aid.

Nun rescues man

A nun, who wishes to remain anonymous, was able to rescue an elderly man trapped under a tree. On Saturday around 4 p.m., police in Massachusetts received a call from the sisters at the Mount Saint Mary’s Abbey explaining that they found a man pinned underneath a tree.

The abbey in Wrentham is near the Rhode Island border and is home to an order of nuns best known for making Trappistine Quality Candy. According to the authorities, a nun, who was enjoying a walk and prayer time in a forest nearby, heard the voice of a man screaming for help.

The sister went toward the voice yelling “Help me! I’m hurt!” and found 74-year-old Doug Goldman trapped under the tree. Unable to move the tree, which was 10-to-12 inches in diameter, she ran back to the abbey where they called 911.

The sisters guided first responders to the injured man, who was pinned under the tree for over two hours. He was taken to Boston Medical Center with a leg injury and hypothermia. Goldman told the police that he was using a chainsaw to cut down a tree on his property when something went terribly wrong, and it landed on his lower legs. Wrentham Fire Capt. Robert Harrison said:

“It would have been a life-threatening (situation) if we didn’t find him when we did.”

Pastor Doug Pettit, of the Sheldonville Baptist Church, who is Goldman’s next-door neighbor, shared that he often sees him chopping wood to heat his house. Pettit stated:

“Very surprised. He’s a very safety-conscious guy.Despite his age, he’s very robust, very active. I was talking to some people, (telling them) he’s always splitting wood.”

Pastor Pettit said it is a no-brainer that God produced a miracle on Saturday. The religious man said:

“I think God looks out for people in general. I think he loves us, and I also don’t think it’s necessarily coincidental.”

Goldman, who is still in the hospital, is said to be doing well.

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