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June 12, 2014

KBC Disaster Relief volunteer's recovery is called 'amazing'

Butch Turley of Frankfort was in accident that claimed another worker on May 16

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Butch Turley’s recovery has been described as nothing short of “amazing.”

The Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer was critically injured in Michigan last month during an automobile accident that took the life of Bob Waldron, a fellow volunteer. Turley’s condition has sufficiently improved over several weeks and he is expected to return home today.

“It is an amazing answer to prayer,” said Coy Webb, Kentucky Baptist Convention Disaster Relief director. “Doctors early on were less than optimistic about his chance for recovery.”

Calls for prayer circulated across phone lines and social media as members of Kentucky’s disaster relief family rallied behind their injured brother in Christ. Webb said Turley’s wife, Wanda, has expressed a deep appreciation for the love and support shown by Kentucky Baptists.

“This is a great testimony to the power of prayer and we give thanks to God for Butch’s miraculous recovery from a terrible accident,” Webb said. “It also has reminded me again of the strength and unity of our DR family. There is something about believers sharing together in servant ministry that binds and connects them together as a family of faith. I thank God for the spirit of oneness and willingness to help that defines Kentucky Baptist DR volunteers.”

Turley and Waldron were part of a team of volunteers who responded to flooding in Michigan. They were driving from an assignment May 16 when Waldron reportedly lost control of his vehicle, struck an oncoming car and veered off the roadway.

Waldron was pronounced dead upon arrival at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. His funeral was May 23 at Highlands Funeral Home in Louisville.

Turley, a member of Millville Baptist Church in Frankfort, was initially listed in critical condition at Butterworth. He gradually improved enough to be moved to a rehabilitation facility in Grand Rapids.

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