PENFIELD TWP. — Penfield Township Trustee Lloyd Gordon was listed in critical condition Monday at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after he was run over by a tractor.
Jack Powell, a friend of Gordon’s, said Gordon was working on his dairy farm around 10 a.m. Sunday when the accident occurred. Gordon was flown by Life Flight to Metro Health, and he was heavily sedated Monday morning, according to Powell.
“Health-wise, he made it through the night,” he said. “His vitals appear to be stable.”
Gordon’s family has been posting updates on Gordon’s condition at www.caringbridge.org. An update on the website indicates that Gordon has numerous injuries, including a cerebral hematoma, collapsed lungs, broken facial bones, eight broken ribs, a fractured pelvis and other complications.
“He was able to say his name, birth date, current month, etc. He was holding and squeezing our hands and can move his feet and toes,” read the post, written late Sunday night.
At 8:30 a.m. Monday, the family wrote that Gordon’s vitals remained stable through the night, and tests indicated that there was no pelvic bleeding.
Powell said Gordon’s two daughters, two sons and his wife, Susan, have been keeping friends updated through the website, but visitation is limited at the hospital. Powell said the family is understandably very upset about Gordon’s accident.
“They’re a very, very, very close family,” he said.
Powell said Gordon, 64, has served as a Penfield Township trustee since the early 1990s and serves on the Penfield Township Ambulance Board. He has been involved in the Lorain County Fair and was recently honored for his “power bar” invention — 30-foot retractable reels for electricity, light and air on a power boom — by Successful Farming magazine.
Gordon also received the 2003 Hometown Leader award from the National Association of Towns and Townships for his accomplishments as a trustee.
Among the accomplishments were opening a drop-off recycling center, expanding an existing park and helping to renovate a 148-year-old former Baptist Church, which he had monitored.
Reporter Evan Goodenow contributed to this story.