Neighbors help Sturtevant man after nearly dying in backyard accident

CREATED Oct. 4, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct. 4, 2012

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STURTEVANT- A man from Sturtevant is recovering in Froedtert Hospital after nearly dying in a backyard accident.

Randy Storbeck just got out of surgery Thursday afternoon.  His family says they're thankful for his neighbors who very likely saved his life.

They were chilling words Rebecca Kostrzewski heard coming from her neighbors backyard.

"We heard him saying 'get this off me,'" says Kostrzewski.

The woman, her husband and their neighbor were across the street when Randy Storbeck started yelling for help while splitting wood.

What the Army reservist found next was a sight she'll never forget.

"It's close to what a horror movie shows with the blood going everywhere, it's not a pretty sight or something you ever want to see ever again," recalls Kostrzewski.  "As soon as I got there I screamed 'I need a tourniquet.'"

Those neighbors and family members helped get Storbeck to a porch where they applied a tourniquet made from a belt to the stop the bleeding.  The makeshift device worked just long enough for an ambulance to arrive.

"Anybody could have done it, anybody could have been the hero of the day I guess you could say."

Randy Storbeck's son says his dad reached down to turn the machine off when his forearm was crushed by the machine.  Storbeck was airlifted to Froedtert Hospital, where doctors amputated his forearm.

The man's son said his dad is doing well and in good spirits.  He could be released from the hospital by Saturday, and remains in stable condition.