Snow Blower Accident
On January 24, 1955, in the town of Parshall, West Virginia, a father lost both legs after he threw himself across his family to save them from a snow blower accident.
The father’s heroic act has been immortalized in the song “The Lord is My Shepherd” by The Jesus Christ Superstar.
The story of the father’s accident began on January 15, 1955, when the father, John D. Rockefeller Sr., was driving his family’s snow blower home from the grocery store. His wife, Eleanor, and their three children were in the backseat of the car.
John D. Rockefeller Sr. was the owner and operator of the snow blower company. He had been driving the machine when it crashed into a snowdrift, killing both his wife and two of his children.
The father’s heroic act has been praised by many people, including Roosevelt Long, the superintendent of the nearby Parshall Elementary School. Roosevelt Long said, “He was the bravest man I ever knew. He did everything he could to save his family.”
The father’s act has been featured in a number of movies, including “The Lord is My Shepherd.”