(ABCNews) -- A tornado that destroyed much of Chapman, Kansas last week claimed a life in that town and critically injured three others.
One of those injured survivors is Leon Larouche. His left arm had to be
amputated. He is also recovering from numerous broken bones and trauma to
the head which caused temporary memory loss. Still, Larouche and his family say they are grateful he is alive.
He had left the storm shelter to pick up another resident when the tornado hit.
Their red truck was flipped upside down and they were buried underneath, in
a pile of rubble. After the twister subsided, rescuers heard Larouche sounding the horn and found the men.
Chapman residents say Larouche is a pillar of their community; a man who
would do anything for anyone at any time. He says he's ready to get out of the hospital to help his town cleanup the mess the storm left behind, but has to undergo one more surgery on his arm.