A fallen tree limb landed on a bed in John and Pat Walters’ home narrowly missing Pat who was asleep in the bed. (Staff photo by Brett Eppley/beppley@madisoncourier.com)
A fallen tree limb landed on a bed in John and Pat Walters’ home narrowly missing Pat who was asleep in the bed. (Staff photo by Brett Eppley/beppley@madisoncourier.com)
“I owe my life to him.”

Pat Walters said her husband, John, saved her life Wednesday morning when a tree came crashing onto their home sending a limb through the ceiling and onto their bed.

John Walters had been awake around 6:15 a.m. when he heard the storm growing outside their home in the 1000 block of West Main Street.

“I heard the winds, and then all the sudden I heard the pop and that’s when I knew something was coming down,” he said.

John acted quickly, pulling his wife out of the bed as pieces of the ceiling fell down around them and the branch landed with a heavy thud onto their mattress.

“Of course, she was over here on this side and I just grabbed her and got her across and out of the way,” John said, motioning to the pile of dust and debris hiding their bed. “And then boom, it was there.”

“Hell,” Pat said, describing the events a few hours later.

“It sounded like a bomb exploding or something, him yelling and pulling on me.”

Growing up as a child in Richmond, Pat said she’s experienced tornadoes and severe weather before, but “nothing like this.”

“I told my wife, I don’t usually drink this early,” John said. “But I’m about ready for a cold beer.”

For now, the Walters said they’ll try to stay in the home with hopes of temporarily patching the roof as they wait for full repairs. It might be inconvenient as they clean up the mess and sleep in another room, but the two consider themselves lucky to survive unscathed.

“All I can say is God was watching over us,” Pat said.