Grateful injured chimney sweep, recalling the injury

It has been two years since Mark Linn fell from a roof while working. He says his faith, family, and friends have helped him heal.

ELYSBURG, Pa. – A Northumberland County chimney sweep is to be thankful for.

Mark Linn of Benchmark Chimney Preservation has been a chimney sweep for almost 40 years. He works on people’s rooftops daily and usually doesn’t think much about it. But on November 19, 2019, everything changed. Mark was putting a rain cap on a fireplace in Riverside when the unthinkable happened.

“I took two steps back from the fireplace, and the second didn’t work, and I started to slip,” he recalls.

Mark fell 30 feet from the roof.

“The pain in my rib cage was just amazing.”

Mark was hospitalized for over a month with 16 different rib fractures, two burst vertebrae and nerve damage.

“I really thought that at any time my body would paralyze something. But nothing was.”

The way back was difficult. Mark had to learn to walk again.

“He struggles to be as weak as a newborn deer on an icy pond.”

He had a lot of support from his family, friends, fellow chimney sweeps and churches in the area.

“The umbrella of support and the safety net that we had emotionally, spiritually, physically was just amazing.”

Mark also believes that a guardian angel is watching over him.

“The distance I traveled from where I started to where I landed, it just can’t be explained otherwise.”

Mark still suffers at times, but he’s back to work. He loves what he does.

“The first time on a rooftop I was fine. It was really good to be back.”

Mark and his family realize that they have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.

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