Michael Richard was painting the roof of an East Texas home in Nederland last week, when he lost his footing and fell onto a piece of rebar that was sticking out from the ground. Not realizing he had been impaled, Richard tried to stand up but soon realized he had a 24 inch piece of metal sticking through his neck and head. It was just millimeters from hitting his voice box, not to mention major arteries. Richard credits first responders for saving his life. They had to use a bolt cutter to cut the rebar that was still stuck in the ground. He was taken to the hospital where he went straight into surgery.