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              MARSHALL                                      Continued from cover



     25 years. Not this time.                              Everrett Marshall        “I can’t imagine my life before the accident being
        “I climbed on top to start                         speaks at the dinner
     the cleaning process,” he                             following a recent     as great as the one I have now. I’ve met so many fine
     told me. “All of a sudden I                           year’s charity golf           people and gained so many new friends.”
                                                           tournament.
     heard a rumbling sound and
     knew I was in trouble.”                                 In time, his      aging. The future, though, concerns him a   manager. He coached and umpired youth
        The oil tanker trailer                             amputated legs      bit.                                baseball for decades and worked with
     blew open and caught fire.                            were replaced by      “I don’t worry too much about what’s   former major leaguer Don Money in
     A freak accident. One that                            prostheses.         coming,” he said. “But I’m afraid I may have   running the Sacred Heart High School and
     should have been fatal.                                 His physical      mobility issues if I get to 85 or 90.”  men’s semi-pro Forest Grove teams. He
        Marshall somehow                                   therapy was torturous   He admitted having a problem at night,   played a lot of golf—but now, he says, “not
     crawled toward safety. A                              for a long time and   when he has to remove his artificial legs to   so much.”
     volunteer fireman from his                            still continues.    sleep.                                  He’s a storyteller with an edgy sense
     own company who happened to be nearby   But so does his spirit and caring for   “When I need to turn over, I have to   of humor. He’s a world-class collector
     pulled him out. The ambulance came, then   others. And so many care about him.  sit up to roll myself and that can be every   of Matchbox cars and paraphernalia; his
     the emergency helicopter. Marshall passed   “I can’t imagine my life before the   hour,” he said. In the next breath, he noted,   Newfield museum holds more than 50,000
     out from the intense pain and severe burns.  accident being as great as the one I have   “But I sleep better now than I did before   items.
         “The last thing I remember is the EMT   now,” he astonishingly said. “I’ve met so   the accident.”           Community legend is not an
     guys telling me not to leave them,” he said.  many fine people and gained so many new   Of course.            exaggeration. He and Christine, his wife
        Marshall was lucky, determined, well   friends.                          Marshall was a highly respected   of 49 years, moved to Lighthouse Point,
     supported, and, he believes, received love   “I in turn have helped many people by   politician in his hometown of Newfield. He   Florida 10 years ago to be closer to family
     from God through prayer.             sharing my experience—if anyone thinks   served in office, with some time off, over   members. In all, they have three children
        His medically induced coma lasted a   their life is over after a traumatic event like   a period of 40 years with 25 as mayor. He   and six grandchildren. He credits his
     month.                               this, please contact me.”            continued in that role for a time after his   immediate and extended families with
        He was in the hospital a long time.  I asked Marshall about his health right   tragedy, including calling in to meetings   giving him the willpower to slowly rebuild
        The burns all over his body were grafted   now and he said pretty good. At 71, his main   from the hospital.  his life.
     for years.                           complaint seemed to be the discomforts of   He was a longtime trucking company   The coronavirus crisis was only a mild
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