If you shake Lonnie Scott’s hand, you might notice the blisters and sores.
They’re proof of the frostbite the Merrill, Wisconsin radio host suffered on February 21st.
It could have been worse.
Without the help of a nearby teenager, he might not be here.
Scott is the morning host at WJMT and was going out to clear the snow from a satellite receiver at the radio station. It was early in the morning.
Drifting snow made a four-foot dropoff look like solid ground.
“It’s a scary feeling when you step off. You feel like you’re jumping into the river,” Scott said.
On the four-degree morning, Scott was stranded. His pants froze. He didn’t have a cell phone on him.
“I felt like a beached seal,” he said. “I couldn’t move.”
Scott hollered and waved his broom for an hour and a half, but even with Main Street just 100 feet away, no one could see him.
“And then, all of a sudden, I hear this voice, and I look over. He climbed over the snowbank,” Scott said.
Thirteen-year-old Michael Dickman was walking to class at Prairie River Middle School, like he does most days.
“I was hearing someone yell for help,” Dickman said. “I saw somebody by the satellite in back, so I went over there to come help.”
The snow was so deep, the seventh-grader couldn’t help him up. No cars stopped when he tried to flag them down. After a moment, he called 911.