I’m sure all of you that know him are in complete shock now finding out Todd was in an aircraft accident on October 1st. His reputation as a top pilot is widely known and supported by his accumulation of multiple aviation medals and citations over his military career. Please ignore the inaccurate news reports. Here is the truth.
Todd and Madelynn were flying to Taylor, TX, when his engine quit on final approach. We are told that there was only one small opening in the tree line and that’s where Horny put his plane, right between two tree trunks ripping the wings off but sparing the fuselage, something only a handful of pilots could have done, saving his life but most importantly, his 7-year old daughter Madeline’s.
In the hospital when Madelynn awoke, she recalled that her “Daddy saved me. He told me to make sure my seat belt was on calmly.” After they crashed she explained, “Daddy covered me while he was on fire” and shielded her from the flames and heat. She then recalled how her Daddy pulled her from the plane and then jumped into a nearby swamp (we assume to put the flames out and possibly saving his own life).
When the friend Todd was flying to see saw the smoke and finally found them, he said Todd was severely burned and visibly in horrible pain. He discovered Todd had carried his daughter, somehow even though badly burned, nearly a quarter mile and over a farmers fence to find help for Madelynn. Todd eventually passed out from the pain after the paramedics arrived and once he knew Madelynn was receiving medical care.
We could list all of Todd’s accomplishments in his life so far, be it his his love for his family and friends, his incredibly distinguished military career, or now being a hero to us because he saved his baby girl Madelynn and he is forever her “Hero Daddy.” And when Todd finally wakes he'll know Madelynn is still alive, extremely brave, and will fully recover, nothing he’s ever done in his life will ever give him more fulfillment than that.
We are asking that you show Todd how much he means to each of us by taking some financial stress off his wife and family by giving what you can so they can concentrate on giving Todd and his daughter Madelynn the love and support they both need to recover from their injuries. Even a few dollars goes a long way.
Todd and Madelynn’s status:
We want maintain Todd and Madelynn’s privacy however we feel it is important to let everyone know the extent of their injuries and why we are asking for donations. Although they have medical coverage with the military currently, that doesn’t cover all of the costs associated with caring for them.
Todd is currently in a San Antonio Medical Center that specializes in burn care. Todd sustained severe burns to over 50% of his body (mostly his left side from protecting Madelynn), in an induced coma for an undetermined time, and undergoing several surgeries in the next few days. He is expected to be in the ICU for another 6 months with an undetermined amount of time for rehabilitation.
Madelynn has now been transferred from Austin to San Antonio so the family can visit with both of them. Her injuries are far less severe then her Dad’s, although she has some minor burns and bruising. She is awake, and in good spirits, but clearly concerned about her Daddy.
The Hornbuckle’s live in Corpus Christi and Tamara, his wife, will have to balance caring for all of her family at first, and then just Todd once Madelynn goes home, and all from several hours away from their Corpus home. Tamara has a job and may have to quit to care for Todd during his long rehabilitation. The lodging, food on the road, gas, etc. will start to add up quickly, especially if she quits her job. A little bit of financial relief would be extremely helpful for Tamara as she figures out how to provide care for her whole family.
Please help spread the word and let’s overwhelm the Hornbuckle’s with love and support!
Chad and Justin