Man Who Called 911 After Rep. Steube’s Fall To Attend State Of Union
SARASOTA, FL — As he recovers in Florida after a fall at his Sarasota home last month, U.S. Rep. Greg Steube won’t attend Tuesday night’s State of the Union address from President Joe Biden.
In his place, he’s sending Darrell Woodie, the man who witnessed his fall from a ladder while trimming trees and called 911, to Washington, D.C., according to a news release from the congressman.
“As a member of Congress, it’s my privilege to designate an official guest for the State of the Union. I’m honored that this year, Mr. Darrell Woodie has graciously accepted my invitation and will be representing Florida’s Suncoast,” Steube said. “Woodie is an upstanding citizen of our community and the epitome of a Good Samaritan – I know he was guided by the Holy Spirit the day he witnessed my accident and sprang into action. Not only did he call 911 and give the operator everything they needed to ensure help was sent efficiently, but he stayed with me until help arrived. Furthermore, in the weeks since my accident, Woodie has become a great friend to our family, and we will always be grateful to him.”
He fractured a pelvis, punctured a lung and tore several ligaments in his neck in the fall. Steube spent a night in Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit and remained hospitalized for two nights after that, before being released.
Since then, he’s been working from home to represent Floridians in District 17, which includes all of Sarasota and Charlotte counties and parts of Lee County.
“It is an honor to receive an invitation to attend the State of the Union address in Washington D.C. as the guest of Congressman Steube,” Woodie said. “I am wishing Rep. Steube a speedy recovery from his injuries and glad to count him as a friend.”
A Suncoast resident and graduate of Manatee High School, Woodie works for Amazon through Pinnacle Express Delivery. He also serves as a part-time field representative for Rep. Vern Buchanan, according to the news release.