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DECORAH (KWWL) -

Josh Ihde and Kennedy Folkedahl were on the job, doing construction in an apartment in downtown Decorah when something...strange happened.

"Kennedy told me to move some items away from the wall," Ihde said. "So he went out to cut his first piece. And then I heard the saw start running, and then next thing I know, he comes in and he didn't have a hand."

Folkedahl had cut it off while using that saw.

"He just tells me to go pick up his hand. And at this time, I'm like okay, I need to go and run and get ice to put his hand in ice," Ihde said.

He ran downstairs to Java John's and asked for some ice.  They gave him just a small cup at first, not understanding what he needed it for.

"So I took it up there to make sure he was okay. So then I just grabbed the hand, and stuck the bottom of the hand in the ice and leaned up against the wall for the time being," he said.

Ihde ran back downstairs, this time being more specific about his needs.

"I went downstairs and asked for a bag, and they asked me why? So I was like, a kid cut his hand off upstairs."

Mary Klimesh owns Java John's, and was the one Ihde asked for the bag of ice.

"I was impressed at how calm he was," she said. "He was never yelling or anything, he just articulated what he needed very calmly."

"I mean I think it was just my adrenaline," Ihde said. "My adrenaline just kept me going as much as I could, so I didn't really think, I mean, I knew something bad was happening, but that's really all I could think was, my adrenaline kept me going, really."

Folkedahl was airlifted to Rochester where his hand has been reattached.  Ihde said he can now move his fingers and has been in good spirits. 

He even misses the work, Ihde said, which he may be able to get back to, thanks to the quick thinking of his coworker.

"It just makes me feel pretty good that I was able to be there, cause just if, I don't know what would've happened if I wouldn't have been there. But I'm not gonna give myself all the credit either. Also the people that took him away, and 911 and the hospital up there in Rochester."

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