Albany man forced to trade chainsaw for crutches

Albany man forced to trade chainsaw for crutches
The volunteer crew
The volunteer crew
Jason injured
Jason injured

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Jason Stewart has dedicated more than two months of his sweat and tears helping clean up after the January storms.

But his hard work came to a halt after a tree branch fell on his leg, injuring him.

For Jason, spending his days sitting on the couch is not what he calls fun.

He'd rather be out there, with his chainsaw crew, cutting down trees and helping out.

Now, he's nursing a broken leg, and counting down the days until he can get the chainsaw back in his hands.

"Clearing roads and cutting trees. I'd go to work from 7 to 3:30.  Get off work.  Hook up to the trailer.  Meet up with my crew. Then I'd go saw, until after dark," Stewart said.

But now, he sits on his couch, counting down the days until he can reunite with his chainsaw crew.

When asked how he felt about it, he said, "I hate it. Before the ambulance got there I actually started crying, because I knew I was going to be down, and I wouldn't be able to help."

Last Saturday, Stewart and his crew went out to cut down dangerous hanging limbs around an abandoned home.

"We made one cut, and we've had a lot of close calls, when the limb breaks, it swings sometimes.  Well, this one swung, hit me in the abdomen, hit me in the leg, and flew me 10 feet across the roof."

A broken fibula head, contusions, and lacerations later, Stewart tries to help out his crew from the couch.

He's constantly on the phone, covering the logistics and finances.

"I've been working on trying to have people donating, trying to find finances. What I've been doing, with my down time, is trying to find somebody to help us out to re-rent this equipment so we can keep going," he said.

He said his injury won't keep him out for long.

He's determined to keep his team motivated while he and the city recover.

"It's unbelievable, but it is something that happened, something we have to deal with, something we have to recover from," said Stewart. "That's why our saw crews have to keep on going.  It ain't going to do it itself."

Stewart said he hopes to be able to get back out with his saw crew within the next month.

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