Two days before winning a slot on the general election ballot, Republican write-in candidate for Gila County Dist. 3 Supervisor Bill Fogle was involved in a fall that put him in the hospital in Scottsdale.
The candidate is recuperating at the hospital still, but is already doing rehabilitation therapy, he said.
"I'm doing quite a bit better," Fogle said. "I have a good outlook on things. I was very fortunate that all the parts I injured are repairable. I've been pretty healthy all my life."
Fogle's friend, John Whetton of the Arizona Department of Public Safety office in Payson, said the candidate had to be airlifted to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Sunday afternoon, Sept. 5.
"He was coming down a ladder off a 24-foot scaffold and the safety rail broke and he fell 24 feet," Whetton said.
Fogle had been on the scaffolding inspecting a construction project for his construction company, Tegen Fogle Properties, Inc.
Whetton said Fogle broke his left ankle, had a compound fracture of his right wrist, a broken pelvis and a compressed lumbar. He underwent emergency surgery on his ankle and wrist and is now in a brace and flat on his back. At the hospital, he also developed a blood clot in his lung, Whetton said.
The doctors have said he can expect a full and complete recovery, though it will be many weeks before he can shake hands or even walk.
Fogle said he is eager to get back on the campaign trail, but some of his planned activities -- such as visits to Payson -- will have to be curtailed.
Fogle said he should be able to leave the hospital in three to five days depending on the progress he makes in occupational therapy.
He said the experience has been an eye opener. In his business, he frequently does remodels for people with disabilities and the accident has given him a new perspective on their needs. He said he has had some ideas on how to make life easier for people with special needs and is looking forward to trying them out.
"I am still very much alive and in the running to be your Dist. 3 Supervisor," Fogle said. "I'm just not running quite as fast as I once was."
He said he will still be accessible by mail at 2275 E. Maple Street, Globe, Ariz., 85501, by phone or e-mail once he is able to return home. Fogle's number is (928) 425-0803; e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.