Trapped man, 85, wrote goodbye note before rescue
Stuck in a car on a rural Texas road, Robert Porter wrote what he thought would be his final words to his family.
September 13th, 2011
09:37 PM ET

Trapped man, 85, wrote goodbye note before rescue

An elderly Texas man who was trapped in his car for two days wrote what he thought was a farewell message on the car's armrest, saying he wasn't trying to kill himself and suggesting the road he was on should be fixed.

Robert Porter, 85, drove his car down a steep rural road near his Kerrville home in central Texas early last week to look at a pond. He couldn’t get the two-wheel-drive vehicle back up the soft caliche road, and the car rolled off the path and became stuck near the bottom of a ravine, CNN affiliate KENS reported.

Porter, a World War II veteran who has a back injury and gets around with a wheeled walker, was without food and had only 8 ounces of water in a bottle. Knowing he could last only so long with temperatures in the 90s, he eventually grabbed a pen and started writing on his car’s center armrest.

“One thing I wrote, the very first, was, ‘This is an accident,’ underlined. Because I was afraid somebody might think I committed suicide,” Porter told KENS.

He wrote that the car’s wheels had spun out, and he instructed his family to give him a closed casket at his funeral. He also wrote that his homeowner’s association “should improve (the) road.”

He told KENS that he was ready to die. “The last six hours, I was asking God to hurry up. You know?” Porter said.

Porter honked the car’s horn until the battery died. On September 6, about 40 hours after the car became stuck, a neighbor saw the vehicle and Porter - dehydrated but alive - and called authorities, said Tom Vinger, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Vinger told CNN that Porter would have been unable to walk away, especially up the incline, because of his health problems. A tree near where the car came to rest gave Porter some crucial shade, Vinger said.

Porter said he was going to concentrate on giving more of his time and resources to charity, according to KENS.

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  1. Joseph Stalin


    October 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Somebody

    Listen, this guys life was saved, and it was God. Who else could have "incidentally" put his neighbor out there just when he needed it? Or powered up his car just enough to honk another time? I'm just happy that he has gotten a glimpse of what his life was in the past, and how he could benefit more people in the future. And, to all the atheists out there, sorry if you don't like what we have to say. But it's a free country, so if you don't want to read these messages, why are you even responding? We are not saying you guys need to convert, total opposite. God has to put in your heart and/or it's your choice if you want to or not. We are just thankful that our God is awesome to do whatever he can because he loves us. We aren't really even talking to just you guys. Yes, I do feel bad that you don't feel that way too, because your missing out. But thats my opinion. We all have our own opinions. I believe that people have right to believe in whatever they choose or think is right. End of story...

    October 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. walkerwilliam91

    Thanks for the great article! I really learned a lot about what some people do. Keep up the great work!

    William |

    January 21, 2014 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hilary

    What an inspiring story! It really makes me reflect on what I would do if I were in a situation like that. He has a lot of strength!

    April 10, 2014 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
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