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Published September 04, 2009, 03:32 PM

Small town farmer hits the fields after life saved by first responders

Vining, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A follow up tonight on a story we first brought you earlier this summer involving the life-saving work of a small town e-m-s squad in rural Otter Tail County.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Vining, Minn. (WDAY TV) - A follow up tonight on a story we first brought you earlier this summer involving the life-saving work of a small town e-m-s squad in rural Otter Tail County. First responders from Vining, Minnesota performed CPR on a man who had stopped breathing and had no pulse. Today, that farmer was back at his old job on the land. The story tonight from WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand.

Farming is in Robert Herbranson's blood and so today with the harvest underway, a perfect sky and wheat ready. Robert helped his two sons bring in the crop. At the age of 92, he was piloting the John Deere combine.

“This is my life and hard to sit still when there is something I could do.”

Robert shouldn't be here. He spent three weeks hospitalized this summer after the Vining EMS squad arrived to find him clinically dead. They gave him CPR, shocked him more than once, and brought him back.

“It means an awful lot to me to be alive and get up in the morning to have breakfast and feel like going to town.”

And while Robert has been taking it easy most of the summer.

“It makes me feel good to come out and do a little bit my wife says take it slow Robert and I do.”

It sure is hard to keep a 92-year old farmer out of the fields and off his machinery.

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