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Farmers Join Forces to Help One of Their Own

An accident that disrupted a way of life for a northeast Kansas farmer has brought his community together.
(TROY, Kan.) An accident that disrupted a way of life for a northeast Kansas farmer brought his community together this week.

The Troy man is in the early stages of recovery at a Nebraska facility after suffering a brain injury. Back home, his neighbors are working to make sure he doesn't miss a beat.

On Wednesday, John Deere tractors lined up along the horizon - the farmers behind the wheel putting their work aside to help Roger Ross.

Judy Ross watched as the group ran anhydrous for her son. The 54-year-old has been away from his farmland in northeast Kansas since an accident in March left him unable to work.

"He's getting better a little bit each day, but he still has a long way to go," said Judy.

Roger suffered a brain injury when a semi truck hit his tractor as he was making a turn on a highway near Fanning. The impact sent Roger through the back window of the tractor. He was flown by helicopter to the hospital and eventually transferred to Lincoln where he's working on rebuilding his motor skills.

Meanwhile, his friends - who say Roger is like family to them - have stepped in to make sure he can pick up right where he left off.

"Obviously, you can see all the people here who have called and offered to help. It's unreal really. I've got a call pretty much every day since the accident from somebody wanting to help," said Jared Jeschke, Jeschke Harvesting.

That desire to help, they say, is common when one of their own is in need.

"It's unbelievable how the community comes together to help those in need and they do that very often," said Judy.

"Roger is a great guy," added Jeschke. "He would do it for anybody. He's just a great guy. They're a great family."

Roger's return home is still up in the air as his therapy continues in Lincoln. But, his mom says he's getting better every day.
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