Posted on October 3, 2011 · Posted in TBI Voices
This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Otto

Motor Vehicle Wreck and TBI: Otto Part Two

We know a little bit about Otto already with his  motor vehicle wreck and TBI because of his contributions to Nancy’s story and the interweaving of his injuries with hers.  See  I asked him for more details about himself and the motor vehicle wreck and TBI.

Tell me about your life before you had your motor vehicle wreck and TBI .  What did you do for a living?

I’m a professional arborist.  Meaning that I climb trees for a living.

And what do you do when get on the top?

Take them down, trim them, do whatever we have to do.

How did you get started in that profession?

When I used to live in Ohio, I worked for the Davy Tree Expert Company out of Kent, Ohio.

How did you get to Wisconsin?

There was a bulletin on the board for a relocation, and my brother and I thought it was time that we relocate.

How old were you came to Wisconsin?

About 26 years old.

Were you married already?

I was not.

And you’re how old now?

I am 49 years old.

So your wife was a Wisconsin girl?


How old were you when you got married?

33, 32.

How long have you married now?

Too long… (Smiling at his wife). No.  I’m think it’s been about 20 years.

Nancy’s Mom: 20 years, 19 maybe?

Were you a good student earlier in life?

I was average.  I wasn’t an exceptional student, but I did okay.

Did you graduate from high school?

Yes I did.

Did you go to any tech school?

I did.  I went to a tech school for electronic engineering.

How’d you do on that?

I did okay.  I didn’t graduate, but I did okay.

Why didn’t you finish?

I just didn’t have the extra money to finish the courses.

How did you get into the  tree trimming profession?

I had a brother that worked for Davy Tree Company and they were hiring and I had no business even – that wasn’t my ambition in life.  So I just yeah and it was a good paying job so.

You were athletic enough to climb a tree motor vehicle wreck and TBI?

Oh absolutely.

As detailed in the Nancy story, he has two children, Nancy 18 and her 16 year old brother.

Next in Part Three –Ankle Fracture Gets All of the Attention

By Attorney Gordon Johnson


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Attorney Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.
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