Woman severely injured helping neighbors in high winds

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LARKSPUR, Colo. -- A woman remains in the hospital after high winds caused a shed to flip over on her.  Now her family is preparing for the worst.

“This was her dream,” said Karl Schoenberger as he looks around his and his wife’s farm in Larkspur.

As the wind whips through the East Plum Creek Valley, Karl Schoenberger is reminded of the power of Mother Nature.

“This roof was on top of this building and it actually carried that whole roof off there. … A lot of trees down, trash, tin blowing everywhere,” Schoenberger said of Thursday’s brutal winds.

“It was an eerie wind for sure,” he said, pointing out the damage on his and the neighbor's property,

“The neighbors' shed flipped over,” he said.

Schoenberger said he knew Thursday’s gusts were reaching devastating speeds.

“It felt deadly. It felt like it really wanted to rip stuff up and we're not used to that here,” he said.

Schoenberger didn't know it would take the most precious part of his life.

“I want my wife back.  I want my wife. She was my best friend,” Schoenberger said while fighting tears.

Thursday, Schoenberger's wife, Cindy, dropped what she was doing to help the neighbors, whose shed continued blowing around in the high winds.

“The shed was upside down on its top.  She was going to throw hay inside of it to weight it down so it wouldn't be able to blow. And at some point the shed lifted up, turned completely over and crushed her,” Schoenberger said.

Cindy Schoenberger, he said, “Loved animals.  All of our cows were pets.”

A best friend of many and always helping others.

“She would throw herself in front of a mountain lion if she thought she could save a chicken and literally did stuff like that.  She had good intentions that day,” Karl Schoenberger said.

Now it's the community helping Karl Schoenberger.

“Hundreds, thousands of people praying.  We need that in the world,” he said, thanking the many people who have offered prayers, support, food and help.

In time, he said he will fix the Larkspur farm that Cindy Schoenberger called her dream.

“I'm gonna rebuild this place and make it what she's proud of,” he said.

Sunday evening, Karl Schoenberger said Cindy remained on life support.  The family is preparing to donate her organs, which they say will help at least six other people.

Her family is asking only for prayers, but friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help with any expense that might come up.

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