A little more than a week ago, Wallace Reed of Vinton was down in Florida for his sister’s funeral when he took a tumble.
He broke his hip and fractured a vertebrae in his neck — notice the collar in the shot below.
He was brought back to Roanoke via an air ambulance flight that cost $10,000 (that was a discount). And he’s been in a rehab center ever since. He got back one day too late to get a absentee ballot, said his daughter, Vickie Martines.
But he would not be deterred from voting Tuesday.
“He told me he’s voted in every presidential election since Roosevelt,” she said. “He wasn’t going to let a broken hip and a fractured neck stop him.”
A little after lunchtime, Martines and her husband, David, picked up Reed at the rehab center where he’s living right now. I met them at the Vinton Senior Center, where they took him to vote.
He couldn’t get out of her car, so he sat there in the front passenger seat while an election official brought a portable voting machine out to him.
“I’m voting for Harry Byrd!” Reed barked, as a joke, to the election official.
“Who’s he going to vote her?” I asked Martines. Read more »