“At 76 years old, he’s not just lucky to be alive, it’s a miracle that he is alive,” said Monte Richard, a fellow restaurant patron and the one who brought Stover back to his Fountain friends Thursday.
“I would visit him at least once a week at the nursing home,” Richard said.
Stover sat in his wheelchair at a table eating lunch, chatting with friends and posing for photos. Many people inquired about Stover’s condition and how he was doing.
Kylene Norman, Geoff Norman’s mother, was one person who kept close tabs on him.
“I think it’s great; Kylene called and asked about me every day,” Stover said. “I would like to thank everybody that’s been involved with me since the wreck.”
Jumping from customer to customer, making sure everybody got their orders, Geoff Norman stopped long enough to talk about Stover.
“He would eat here 50 out of 52 weeks a year. If he wasn’t here three days a week it was five days,” he said.
The day of the accident, Stover was asked by one of the paramedics how long he had been a letter carrier.
“Fifty seven years and one day too long,” Stover said.
Stover is still working on his recovery, but plans on getting back to his route as soon as he can. When he had gotten to Miami Valley Hospital the day of the accident, “I told them I was going to come out of here in the same shape I was before the accident,” Stover said.