Volunteers help family of man who collapsed while sandbaggingOakport Township, Minn. (WDAY TV) - An emotional day of flood fighting in Oakport Township today. Volunteers showed up to help the Goehring family, hours after 73-year old Quentin Goehring collapsed and died while sandbagging along side loved ones. An army of friends and volunteers answered the call.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Imagine trying to save your home and farmstead today, while at the same time grieving the loss of a father and grandfather. That is what the Goehring family of Oakport lived with today, as volunteers showed up to help and comfort and work.
Karl Goehring today, thanked complete strangers who joined Oakport neighbors, arriving at the Goehring farm here to not only help fight the flood, but to comfort the grieving.
Karl's dad, Quentin Goehring lived right next door. He was right along side everyone Wednesday, working with pumps and sandbags.
And just as things wrapped up with sandbagging Wed evening, Quentin suddenly slumped over and died. Family tried to bring him back but could not.
Today, work continued. Grandkids, who remember the Grandpa next door, mourned his loss, but they too worked to save their farm and homes in Oakport in honor of a man they loved dearly.
In knee deep muck, they threw bags and piled up a line of protection against the water. All the time remembering a father and grandfather, who taught them all the lesson of hard work and the importance of family.