COEUR d'ALENE - A Post Falls man suffered serious injuries after a 1,500-pound safe fell on him Friday.
Dale Tucker, who works for a moving company, was hurt when a strap broke or came undone as the safe was being pushed up a truck ramp in Rathdrum, said a family friend.
Tucker fell, and the safe landed on his head, said Crystal English. He was taken to Kootenai Medical Center, where he underwent surgery Saturday morning.
The 26-year-old was later transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he was in stable condition and in an induced coma Wednesday afternoon, and scheduled to undergo surgery this morning.
Tucker and his wife, Amanda Rogers, have three children, including a 6-month-old infant, and also care for a niece.
He is the sole provider for the family, English said. Friends are rallying to help, financially and emotionally, as Tucker faces a long road to recovery.
"I have known Dale forever it seems, but I know he is strong and a fighter and he can pull through this," wrote friend Joy Jones. "I am so glad to see the support that has pulled together so far."
Tucker's wife is with him in Seattle, and the children are staying with friends.
"We've all kind of been hanging in there together," English said.
She did not believe Tucker had medical insurance.
A website for donations has been established at: http://www.youcaring.com/fundraiser_details?fundraiser_id=12066&url=daletucker.
"I created this in hope for any help at all whether financially or in your prayers," wrote Gwyneth Turner, a relative.
Other fundraisers are in the works.
English said Tucker is "crazy funny, a great guy with a big heart."
"He's one of those kind of people that if you need something and he can help, he's one of those guys who will just do it."
English said Dale and Amanda are giving people and have never needed help - "until this awful accident."
She said Tucker's face and skull were shattered, and he will need reconstructive surgery. Doctors told the family his vision should be OK, but he would likely suffer some memory loss in the early recovery stages.
"We'll hope and pray for the best," English said.