Man trapped in trench grateful to those who came to his rescue

Published: Monday, Nov. 4 2013 3:29 p.m. MST

After 90 minutes, Thomas was pulled to safety, loaded onto a stretcher and embraced by his fellow employees.

He was then flown to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo for treatment and went home that same day. He’s recovering from a fractured pelvis and a knee injury.

Thomas’ children didn’t really know what happened until they saw it on the news.

"My little boy saw me in crutches and started crying," Thomas said. "He was just real emotional. I told him, 'It's OK. Everything is fine. I'm alive.'"

Thomas said he's very grateful to the firefighters who saved his life and hopes to tell them in person one day.

"If I could just have them all over, I'd give them a hug and tell them thanks and how thankful I am for them being there and helping me out," he said.

"They're heroes," Thomas added. "Every day we pass fire stations and see trucks out on the road. We don't realize that those guys in those trucks and buildings are out there to save lives and make sure we do get home to our families."

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