It Takes a Lot to Keep a Good Man Down

Allen Todd is always welcome at MLM.

A regular at the second Saturday food and Tuesday senior commodity distributions, his humor and cheer are cherished. A young 72, he enjoys helping, and at the senior commodity distribution, he picks up eight boxes for homebound older adults who cannot reach MLM.

“Those are great people,” he said of the MLM staff. “I like hanging around to help them.”

One of Allen’s pastimes is joining several friends playing dominoes. In the summer, they gather at Troost Lake. “It’s just a bunch of us older dudes playing dominoes,” he laughs.

But when Allen arrived one day in July, he didn’t know he was walking into trouble. Another group had erupted into a conflict that escalated when someone flashed a knife. Allen and some of his friends were trying to break up the fight when one of those in the feud pulled out a gun and began shooting. In seconds, Allen was hit three times, once in the chest.

Allen laughs about the incident now, noting his worst injury was a broken arm. He’s back at MLM and several of his friends have even started calling him “Ironman.”

“I guess the good Lord was with me that day,” he said. “I got a broken arm, but it could have been more serious. It could have hit anyone.”

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“I guess the Lord was with me that day."