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Plane crash survivors show gratitude to Jackson County first responders

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JACKSON COUNTY -- Bob Stracke and Wes Kasbaum crashed their plane south of Murphyboro last August. Eight months later, they're thanking those involved in their rescue.

"We're just here to thank the people that pulled us out of that airplane in such an expeditious manner. We especially want to thank the doctor who happened to be right there," said Stracke.

Dr. Magda Zeglin arrived before first responders, armed with only her stethoscope. 

"So, we were just trying to see what we need to get to them first, to see whats going on so i think ripping the roof was the really critical part and the guys did an amazing job to just do it cause otherwise there would have been no way for us to get to them," said Dr. Zeglin. 

The two men spent weeks in intensive care following the crash and several months in physical therapy. Now recovered, they're excited to say thank you. Saturday they catered lunch for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. 

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