Interview with Rev. Orloff Miller
QUESTION 17
INTERVIEWER:

OK, SO, UM, WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT THE ATTACK AND THAT THE ATTACK LASTED ONLY 40 SECONDS.

Rev. Orloff Miller:

After they left, we got up from the sidewalk and uh, Jim couldn't stand by himself we, we lifted him up and he was incoherent at first, and he was babbling and we couldn't understand what he was saying, Uh, gradually he became more coherent and, and he complained of the pain, that's all he could talk about. Great pain. And uh, so we guided him between us, uh he was able to stumble along and walk to some degree around the corner, past what I guess was the Blue Moon Cafe and on around to the Boynton's Insurance Office where we went to get help. And uh, it was a good place to go because uh, Diane Bevel was there and Diane called an ambulance immediately and we were taken to the Burwell infirmary where Dr. Dinkins attempted to take an x-ray of Jim, Jim moved his head at that moment, and uh, the plate did not photograph well. So the x-ray didn't help, but Dr. Dinkins could ascertain even in that moment that there was more there than he could possibly handle that he needed a surgeon immediately. And so he put in a call to um, University Hospital in Birmingham which was 65 miles away, I guess, something like that. And uh, Jim was put back in the ambulance, by this time he was, he was unconscious, and he had vomited a bit and um, we took him by ambulance uh down, we had to first stop at the Insurance office, we had to have a deposit for University Hospital, they wouldn't accept us, they wouldn't accept Jim for care without some kind of a deposit and Diane Bevel made out a check for $150. And I remember I took the check, and put it in my pocket and we got back in the ambulance by that time a few of our Unitarian colleagues had heard of what had happened, they'd come from Brown Chapel, offered whatever assistance that could, there was nothing they could do. But Clark and I and Dr. Dinkins went with the ambulance and the ambulance driver and we got a few miles out of town and the ambulance had a flat tire. And uh, they drove the ambulance further on until they found a place they could pull off and it was abreast of a little radio station. And Dr. Dinkins went into the radio station and called for another ambulance. Took awhile for the other ambulance to get there, meanwhile uh Sheriff's car came along uh, they flashed there flashlights inside the ambulance, and they asked us all kinds of questions, who, who is that there, what's happened, and we explained as best we could. Asked for an escort, they refused, you won't need an escort, you don't need anybody to help. So, we started out again in the second ambulance and the, the um, carrier that Jim was lying on didn't fit the second ambulance and I remember having to hold it as we went around the curbs at high speed. Dr. Dinkins, incidentally, had sent back for his own car to, he became the escort, he drove his car ahead of the ambulance. And we careened around those curbs at 60 and 70 miles an hour on the back roads until we got to a main highway. We did get a police escort for a few miles on the main highway from the state patrol. And uh, we actually hit 110 miles an hour at one point heading for Birmingham. When we arrived at the Birmingham Hospital, they were prepared for us, they immediately got Jim into the uh, operating room and uh, did what they could. Clark and I were taken care of at the hospital too, and they took x-rays and made sure we were OK, and bandaged us up and, whatever we needed.

CAMERA CREW:

WE'VE JUST RUN OUT.

Rev. Orloff Miller:

Ok. I don't know what you want at this point.

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

15 SECONDS OF -8. THIS WILL BE TAKE 5 WITH THE REVEREND ORLOFF MILLER.