Ind. State Trooper recounts his experience during March 2 tornado


by Karma Dickerson

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 23 at 6:41 PM

HENRYVILLE, Ind. (WHAS11) -- The tornadoes that swept through Henryville March 2 leveled houses all along a stretch of Highway 160.  One of those houses belonged to Indiana State Trooper Martin Wimp.  For the first time Friday he told the story of how he made it out.

Trooper Wimp was home alone when he said he heard the storm warnings and called to tell his mother to get his son to safety.

As he hung up his ears popped and he said he knew he was out of time.  The tornado struck before he could make it to the basement.

"That's when the windows came in around me.  Next thing I knew I woke up laying on top of a window unit air conditioner and had a 60ft maple tree laying on top of me," Wimp said.

Despite broken and fractured bones and cuts to his face, the Trooper made it out of the basement by climbing cinder blocks, crossed the field and made it to the road, when a Good Samaritan took him to the hospital.

"Next thing I remember is waking up in a CAT scan machine," Wimp said.

Physically and emotionally on the mend, Trooper Wimp is back to limited active duty, living in a rented house with his wife and two-year-old who made it through unhurt.

"Pretty much day to day, picking up the pieces," he said.

But the trauma of the storm, the pain of his recovery and, the complete loss of his property, are not what strikes the eight-year veteran of the Indiana State Police most.

"The biggest thing that I took out of it was the amount of overwhelming help from everybody." Wimp said.


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