NEW LONDON - Out of the devastation, we're learning of a story of survival and an unlikely hero in New London.
That hero helped one area resident to safety after the trailer she was in was severely damaged during the tornado.
Paula and Ed Bendixen have called Huckleberry Acres Campground in New London their happy summer home for several years.
“I'm just, I'm grateful to be alive,” said Paula Bendixen of New London.
That all changed on Wednesday.
This porch leads up to where the camper once stood. As you can see, when the storm hit, the camper was lifted up off the ground, flipped and landed almost completely on its roof.
“I heard this really weird loud noise and then everything just started spinning and that's all I remember until I work up and found myself in here in the dark and calling for my husband. I couldn't hear him, I thought he was dead. And then I heard him calling for me,” said Paula.
Ed was rescued from the bedroom by a neighbor. He suffered a broken neck along with bumps and bruises.
“I didn't know what was up or down of if I was on the floor of the ceiling,” said Paula.
Paula was bruised and trapped under debris and extremely disoriented. But little did she know, help was on the way.
“They couldn't get to me and my dog found a hole, and he came in, and nose-butted me and whining and poking me and I sort of crawled and followed him out of the hole.”
That dog is George. He's the couple's eight-year-old sheltie/corgi mix.
Paula says George is extremely protective. And the couple credits the dog for helping Paula escape without any serious injuries.
“Oh he's amazing...he's amazing,” said Ed Bendixen.
Campground owners say they're grateful the Bendixens, as well as everyone, came out alive.
“If it was a weekend, do you think it would have been much worse?” asked FOX 11’s Beth Jones.
“Oh, we would have lost people because of all the damage,” said Sue Murray, campground owner.
Once everything is cleaned up, the owners hope to get back to normal.
The Bendixens hope to do the same.
And from now on, their dog George may go by a different name.
“We nicknamed him Geo, the Hero. He got me out, didn't you George?” said Paula.
Despite being a little sore and shaken up, both Paula and Ed are doing alright.
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