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CENTER, MO. -- Rescue workers want to thank a higher power for coming to the rescue early Sunday morning.
Emergency crews spent an hour and a half trying to extricate a 19-year-old Quincy woman trapped in her in crushed car on Missouri 19 near Center, Mo.
The Missouri Highway Patrol said Aaron Smith, 26, crossed the center line and struck Katie Lentz head-on.
Now, friends, family and those who rescued Lentz would love to find and thank a mysterious priest who they say helped make the rescue possible.
not a "miracle", but a coincidence. But God does not play dice, and there are no "coincidences".
When I worked in Africa, after getting sick from overwork, the nuns insisted I take off one weekend a month. But what about if someone comes in and dies because I wasn't there? I insisted (the next hospital was 30 plus miles away, down a dirt road).
Well, God knows you are away, and so it's his responsibility.
And you know, there were emergencies that popped up five minutes before I planned to leave, or ten minutes after I returned, but in the three years, we only lost one patient: someone who arrived in septic shock and probably would have died even if I was there.
Yup. Just a coincidence.
About an hour into the rescue, Katie asked rescue workers to pray out loud with her. That's when a priest appeared out of no where.
"He came up and approached the patient, and offered a prayer," Reed said. "It was a Catholic priest who had anointing oil with him. A sense of calmness came over her, and it did us as well. I can't be for certain how it was said, but myself and another firefighter, we very plainly heard that we should remain calm, that our tools would now work and that we would get her out of that vehicle."
The Hannibal Fire Department showed up right after that prayer with fresh equipment and was able to finish the extrication. After getting Katie safely into the Air Evac helicopter, at least a dozen of the rescue workers turned around to thank the priest who was no where in sight.