HESSTON, Kansas (KSN) – There are dozens who are still feeling the earth shattering effects of the Excel Industries shooting in Kansas.
Media General contributors sat down with a couple who experienced it firsthand, an event that forever changed their lives. The Cebulski family is just now beginning the long road to recovery.
It’s a memory that will forever haunt Jeff Cebulski.
“I was yelling, ‘help, help, help’, and everybody else was running and stuff,” Cebulski recalled.
It’s been five days since the chilling shootings took place at Excel Industries killing three people and injuring 14 others, including Cebulski, who was shot and, right in the middle of the chaos.
“I knew my arm was broken. I didn’t know if it was there, but I couldn’t move it,” Cebulski said, “It shattered my bone.”
Cebulski, an Excel Employee for six months saw the gunman’s face after the shots rang out.
He underwent surgery the day after the shooting took place to repair his shattered arm, and says he’s thankful that things weren’t any worse.
“The bullet went through my muscle, hit right here and it shattered my humerous bone. Thank God it didn’t hit an artery or anything,” stated Cebulski.
The father of three is now out of the hospital and home with his wife and children, the place he says, he’s grateful to be.
“God looking over all of us. I came out with this and I’m very lucky. I still have to be off work for a while, but I could have been dead,” Cebulski said.
But, Jeff wasn’t the only Cebulski that witnessed the terror first hand. His wife, Brandi was beginning her first day of work at Excel. A first day, she’ll never forget.
“He wasn’t answering his phone and I knew. I look over the fence and all I see is body, body, body,” Brandi said.
Brandi is now reluctant to leave her husband’s side. The nightmarish event will forever be imprinted in the couple’s memory. But, thankfully they have each other’s love and support to begin the healing process.
“I don’t think I have processed it. I think stepping back into that building is going to be a lot. I’m still planning on going back to work. I’m not going to let this stop me or define me,” Brandi explained, “I think we’re all going to come out stronger.”
The epitome of what Hesston strong truly means.
Jeff told KSN that the road to recovery will start with physical therapy. Due to his injury he will not be returning to Excel for a couple of months. Brandi on the other hand wants to head back as soon as possible.
A family friend has set up a gofundme account for the Cebulski’s to pay for Jeff’s medical bills.