Easter service dedicated to heroic Colorado pastor

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EATON, Colo. — A Colorado pastor who risked his life to save a truck driver in a fiery Oklahoma crash continues to recover in a hospital.

Jason Newby, pastor at Evangelical Free Church of Eaton, was injured when he and another man tried helping a truck driver on Interstate 35.

The tanker truck hit the back of a disabled semi.

Before Newby could rescue the driver, the tanker truck exploded.

“The piece of pipe or debris took out my right leg,” said Newby.  “Left about a tennis ball sized hole in my leg and took out a chunk of my femur.”

On Easter Sunday at the Evangelical Free of Church Eaton, the early morning service was dedicated to Newby’s recovery.

“Men run towards danger to protect those who can’t protect themselves,” said Senior Pastor Craig Kirkpatrick.  “Jason is not kidding when he says don’t call me a hero. This is what you’re suppose to do.”

Newby’s absense at church affected his youth group and church members.

“Now we have to be there for him the way he was there for us,” said Bailey Hnizdil, a youth group member at the church.

“When God spares a person’s life, he always has a continued purpose for them,” Christine Humphrey said.  “I’m grateful for God sparing his life and also for his family.”

Newby’s wife and daughter will remain in Oklahoma until he is released from the hospital.  There is a portion of his femur that is missing. Doctors have ordered him to stay off his right leg for six weeks.

Newby hopes to return to Colorado on Wednesday.

A crowdfunding site has been set up to help with Newby’s medical expenses. 

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