Members of the Orland Park Fire Department near Chicago arrived at an emergency scene they were not expecting and had not seen before. A man had his arm stuck in a meat grinder.
ABC news reports that Battalion chief Mike Schofield a 35-year veteran of the force said they had to handle a situation they had only ever seen on TV.
According to Schofield, half of the man's arm was caught so deeply in the machine that it could not be removed even after they had begun to take the machine apart. Also the machine acted as a tourniquet and stopped the flow of blood.
By U.S. Navy photo by Journalist 1st Class Ralph Radford. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Eventually the team took the man with the machine still attached to his arm to hospital. The man was taken as a precaution to the HAZMAT room where a miniature hydraulic tool similar to the jaws of life was used with the guidance of doctors to cut away the machine after which the middle aged man was taken into surgery.
ABC report that throughout the traumatic incident Schofield said the injured man who had been sedated prayed and remained relatively calm.