Claremore Daily Progress

April 17, 2013

Farmers, Ranchers Association hosts benefit for injured Inola graduate

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter


The Inola Area Farmers and Ranchers Association will host a benefit auction/dinner for 2012 Inola graduate Jake Riddle and his family from 4-8 p.m. Saturday at Inola Elementary School. 
Riddle was recently injured in a conveyor belt accident and nearly lost his right arm, said Rogers County Special Judge Erin Oquin.
“He must have had a guardian angel that day. If his hard hat hadn’t flown off during the accident, no one would have noticed that he was in distress,” she said. “Everything seemed to fall into place, making the best of a bad situation.”
Oquin said Riddle is well and has begun to regain some mobility in his arm. He has received several skin grafts to his face where the conveyor belt had caused significant damage. He is currently in recovery at St. Johns Medical in Tulsa. 
Funds raised from the benefit auction/dinner will be used to help pay for medical bills. The dinner will include barbeque, a fish fry and calf fry and cost is $10 per plate. The auction is set to begin around 7 p.m. Items for the auction can be brought to Inola Elementary beginning at 12 p.m. Saturday. 
To arrange for pickup of donations, call 918-443-4202 or 918-630-7673. All donations are tax deductible.
Monetary donations can be mailed to Inola Area Farmers and Ranchers Association P.O. Box 1202 Inola, OK 74036.