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Mt. Pleasant man's fall results in multiple surgeries

| Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

David Queer is a local independent contractor whose his life changed drastically Dec. 23.

The Mt. Pleasant man was working on a roof in the Ligonier area when he fell and descended 20 feet into a creek.

“His face smashed into a rock,” said David Benner, of Latrobe, Queer's brother-in-law.

The fall resulted in multiple fractures to his forehead, jawbone, cheekbone and the bone around the left eye.

As a result, Queer is not able to work and has undergone multiple surgeries and has at least another eye surgery scheduled. Part of his recuperation requires him to lie face down 45 minutes out of an hour.

“Not being able to work, medical expenses kind of pile up,” said Benner, who is married to Queer's sister Sharon. “He's still got some hurdles to climb over.”

To aid in these compounding expenses a chicken and biscuit dinner is scheduled from 3-7 p.m. March 1 at Scottdale Assembly of God Ministry Center, Elm and Jennings avenues.

“All proceeds will be going to David to help him with his medical expenses,” Benner said. “Somebody that's self-employed and can't work, depression hits them. He's holding up pretty good. But he has no vision (in the left eye). They're not giving him a lot of hope.”

Queer lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife Lorraine. He has a daughter Ashley and a granddaughter, Giana, 2.

“She's holding up pretty well,” Benner said of Lorraine. “They're obviously concerned about if and when he can work again.”

The price tag for the dinner — which will come complete with a drink and dessert — is $8. Children 10 and younger get in for $4. Tickets can be ordered by calling 724-610-7318 or 724-220-5420.

“We've got some posters up and we're putting some signs around the church in Scottdale,” Benner said. “They've sold some tickets already. We have 400 tickets printed. There's been some pretty decent sales.”

Paul Paterra is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-887-6101 or ppaterra@tribweb.com.

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