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Dannebrog rallies behind injured community member

Published: Jan. 23, 2021 at 6:14 PM CST
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DANNEBROG, Neb. (KSNB) - The village of Dannebrog is rallying behind one of their own after a serious injury has left him with a long recovery. Tim Hannibal is someone his community members are always getting help from and when he needed to be helped they were eager to step up to the plate.

After moving to town five years ago to start Dannebrog Delights, an ice cream shop downtown, he has found his way into any project to benefit the village. He is actually a descendant of one of the founders of the town and it is part of why he wanted to move there after living in Omaha and California. In September, Hannibal was on a roof helping paint a house before a big event.

“I was on a project helping someone else and I fell off a roof and consequently broke my leg, broke my arm, and lost sight in my left eye,” Hannibal said.

He was life-flighted to Omaha and spent weeks in the hospital. Back in Dannebrog, his friends and neighbors knew they needed to do something for the man who is always there for them

“He’s done a lot for others and he’s been a business owner here in town and it’s an important business to the village and so it’s important that we show up,” community member Lori Larsen said.

When he returned from the hospital, he found a ramp had been built with donated wood by the volunteer fire department to get his wheelchair in his home. From well wishes to caring for his dogs, Dannebrog was there. This isn’t the first time Hannibal has gotten help, too. In 2019, his business and home were flooded during the March floods of central Nebraska and some pitched in to help with the clean up.

“I am overwhelmed with...seeing the community helping me survive,” Hannibal said. “I mean they’ve been bringing meals over to the house for me so I don’t have to spend any money on meals and I can focus on my medical bills. It’s just outstanding.”

His neighbors said he is always giving endless hours to the community, but Hannibal doesn’t count them.

“This town was founded on people helping people and that’s what I’m here to do,” Hannibal said.

He is still on the road to recovery as his arm takes its time to heal. His neighbors are making sure he has support every step of the way.

“The flooding of 2019 really kind of brought that back fully,” community member Gina Lamm said. “That whole sense of community and you’re in this together and you’re part of something bigger and Tim has been right in the middle of all of that.”

With Dannebrog having his back, Hannibal keeps an incredible optimism for his future in town.

“I knew it was a temporary setback. I will be back on the roofs come spring. Believe me, this is not going to slow me down any bit,” Hannibal said.

The town is hosting a fundraiser to help raise money for Hannibal on February 6. From 11-6 they will have a to-go soup sale and silent auction. People are also welcome to send in any donations to help the cause.

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