His chair was crushed around him. A ceiling beam lay across his lap. And he was almost completely encased in mud, so cold that he was beyond shivering. All he could move was his right arm....
The chair saved McPherson in more ways than one. Its arms, tall and strong, kept falling debris from breaking his legs. And when the chair shattered, it provided him with a sharp stick that he used to dig through the thick, cold mud.
"Before he heard people coming, he was able to dig a hole and see the sky," said Kate McPherson, 38. "The whole time, he was calling for my mom, who was right next to him, but she never responded. He's physically doing pretty good... But he lost the love of his life. They were married 46 years...."
March 26, 2014
When McPherson woke up, he was still sitting upright in his heavy wooden chair. But their house in a rural enclave about an hour's drive north from Seattle had been pushed 150 yards.