It was July 20th 1987, first day on the job, it went good all day as we did concert stages, set up, tear down, load up, and move on. It was a hot day. A stage set up for the concert, it went well with Jenny Fricke and Emmie Lou Harris singing for the fraternal order of police fundraiser. The day was over at 8:00 pm. My helper and I tore down the stage and loaded it on the truck. We finished around 11:30 pm that night. The truck was loaded, I was the passenger, and all the lights were out on the field. We had to back up and use the truck lights to scan the area to make sure we got everything. As we were backing up the truck, it stalled. The driver said, 'Man! Chuck crawled under the truck and hit the starter with a hammer.' The truck was a cab over, so you could not raise the hood and be in it at the same time. I did what the driver suggested. I was laying right behind the passenger front tire. As I struck the starter, the first two times nothing happened.
Then on the third hit, the truck starter turned over the truck jumped backwards up onto my left side pinning me to the ground. All of a sudden, I was short on breath, bleeding from my eyes and mouth. I was gagging on blood. The driver comes back and sees that I am hurt. He runs. I heard a loud banging noise. I looked over my head and saw someone maybe thirty to fifty yards away beating a trashcan against a dumpster. I don't know how I got it out, but I yelled, 'Help me please!' A man ran over (I later found out to be a cop). He called to the station for an ambulance. I was behind a police station in a ball field. The officer was in tears saying, 'Hold on fella. Help is coming.' I was in and out of consciousness.
As I heard the sirens, I was gone. I felt my last gasp, and then all the pain was gone. As I was looking down, I heard the man say to the paramedics, 'He's gone.' They went to work on me, chest compressions, breathing into my mouth, no pulse. I was there above them watching. I heard a voice in the light. It said to me, 'It's time.' I said, 'No! Please my babies. I need to raise my babies!' All I could think of was my three babies ages four, three, and two years old at home. The light said, 'If you go back, you won't like it.' I said, 'I have to. Please. My babies need me!' I was watching my body there. All this was happening so fast.
I heard the guy say, 'Up a hundred.' The other turned the knob on the machine. I said, 'Please, my babies!' The light replied, 'So be it!' Boom! That fast, I was screaming in pain back in my body there on the ground. They were telling me, 'Okay, okay, listen. We got a life flight coming. We have to take you out of the field. It can't land here, okay?' They loaded me onto a board and into the ambulance and took me out of the field. Once on the helicopter, they gave me something to ease the pain. It took eleven minutes to fly to Alleghany hospital in Pittsburg. They told me that I would never have made the twenty-five minutes by ambulance. Once we were there, they took me straight into surgery. I awoke nine days later to find out my intestines were torn into, my left lung was collapsed, my stomach lining was torn in many places and I had lost my left kidney.
That's been twenty-two years ago, and let me say the light was right. I don't like it. I got divorced in 2003 when I caught my ex cheating. I have lower back pain all the time. I have had two heart attacks in three years and five stents put in my heart. I also had an angioplasty last month. So when the light speaks, I know from now on to listen because in my heart what I saw then and what I have been through no one but my God was there in that light - I saw others motion for me to come into the light. I have seen before here that had passed family as well as friends.
Date NDE Occurred: 'july,20th,1987'
At the time of your experience, was there an associated life-threatening event? Yes Accident Clinical death (cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function) 'ran over by 5 ton truck, total death occurred.'
I was ran over by a five ton truck and crushed under the front tire.
How do you consider the content of your experience? Wonderful
The experience included: Out of body experience
Did you feel separated from your body? Yes
I clearly left my body and existed outside it
How did your highest level of consciousness and alertness during the experience compare to your normal everyday consciousness and alertness? More consciousness and alertness than normal As above.
At what time during the experience were you at your highest level of consciousness and alertness? When watching the thing going on at the light, and looking down at my body.
Were your thoughts speeded up? Faster than usual
Did time seem to speed up or slow down? Everything seemed to be happening at once; or time stopped or lost all meaning
As if time was fast, so this all could take place.
Were your senses more vivid than usual? Incredibly more vivid
Please compare your vision during the experience to your everyday vision that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Everything was more clear, crisp, more real than real I guess is a way to state it.
Please compare your hearing during the experience to your everyday hearing that you had immediately prior to the time of the experience. Clearer.
Did you seem to be aware of things going on elsewhere? Yes, and the facts have been checked out
Did you pass into or through a tunnel? Yes Leading to the light tubular area.
The experience included: Presence of deceased persons
Did you see any beings in your experience? I actually saw them
Did you encounter or become aware of any deceased (or alive) beings? Yes The figure in the light that I say was God.
The experience included: Light
Did you see, or feel surrounded by, a brilliant light? A light clearly of mystical or other-worldly origin
Did you see an unearthly light? Yes The voice came from the light it had a form as though it were what we see as God's form.
Did you seem to enter some other, unearthly world? A clearly mystical or unearthly realm the light,i was at all there
What emotions did you feel during the experience? As I looked at what was to be my old body, it was as if it lived no more - but it was me.
Did you have a feeling of peace or pleasantness? Incredible peace or pleasantness
Did you have a feeling of joy? Happiness
Did you feel a sense of harmony or unity with the universe? I felt united or one with the world
Did you suddenly seem to understand everything? Everything about the universe
The experience included: Life review
Did scenes from your past come back to you? My past flashed before me, out of my control That if I returned I would not like it.
The experience included: Vision of the future
Did scenes from the future come to you? Scenes from the world's future They're still happening a hundred percent so far accurate, some I don't want to happen, but don't know how to stop them.
Did you come to a border or point of no return? I came to a barrier that I was not permitted to cross; or was sent back against my will
God, Spiritual and Religion:
What was your religion prior to your experience? Conservative/fundamentalist
Have your religious practices changed since your experience? Yes More crisp in my belief.
What is your religion now? Conservative/fundamentalist
Did you have a change in your values and beliefs because of your experience? Yes More crisp in my belief.
Did you seem to encounter a mystical being or presence, or hear an unidentifiable voice? I encountered a definite being, or a voice clearly of mystical or unearthly origin
Did you see deceased or religious spirits? I actually saw them
Concerning our Earthly lives other than Religion:
During your experience, did you gain special knowledge or information about your purpose? Yes Knowledge of things going on now in the news and other events yet to come.
Have your relationships changed specifically because of your experience? Yes Divorced and I keep people more distant. I used to hang to for fear of them being hurt.
After the NDE:
Was the experience difficult to express in words? Uncertain It was hard to tell anyone for years later for fear they would laugh.
Do you have any psychic, non-ordinary or other special gifts after your experience that you did not have before the experience? Yes The war issues, north Korea issues.
Are there one or several parts of your experience that are especially meaningful or significant to you? Like I stated all this has been so different and sometimes I feel I am suffering for not going, sometimes this can be scary.
Have you ever shared this experience with others? No
Did you have any knowledge of near death experience (NDE) prior to your experience? No
What did you believe about the reality of your experience shortly (days to weeks) after it happened? Experience was definitely real Still feel it today as if it was yesterday, or yet, today.
What do you believe about the reality of your experience now? Experience was definitely real As before, it's happening daily in front of me, on TV in the newspapers.
At any time in your life, has anything ever reproduced any part of the experience? No
Is there anything else that you would like to add about your experience? Just scary sometime, don't know if I want to lose the insight of what I have now though.