On April, 9, 2014, I was tightening the alternator belt on my 1999 Mazda Protege. Since I was supposed to graduate from UW-Parkside in the Spring, I had already taken my jack stands, and jack to Michigan (my home state), and was preparing to move out of my apartment.
Because I didn't have the jackstands, and this job is something that is very small, I did not think to go and buy another set. So I decided to go under my car with just the scissor jack. When I did my final tighten of the bolt holding the alternator, I noticed the car move a bit, I looked at the jack, and saw it fall; the subframe of the car crushed my skull, and the frame was pushing against my chest making breathing very difficult.
It was estimated that I was pinned under my car for about 4 1/2 minutes until someone heard the noise I was making, and picked the car up. I ended up needing Flight For Life to send me to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, where I made an amazing recovery considering that extent of the damages should have killed me.
If it weren't for the Somers Fire Department, and Flight For Life, I never would have survived the trip to the hospital. Because of Flight For Life, I was able return to my wife, and six month old daughter in China, and be the husband, and father that I always wanted to be.