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Special gift, a bench, given to Greenville mayor

GREENVILLE, AL (WSFA) -

The green metal bench weighs a solid 40 pounds, but that's no weight compared to what Greenville mayor Dexter McLendon carried for 10 straight days over the summer.

"I hope I can get through this," said McLendon before a crowd gathered at City Hall.

The bench used to sit in the courtyard at Baptist South in Montgomery. It quickly became a sturdy 'friend' for McLendon while his wife of 34 years struggled to live after nearly drowning in her mom's pool. It now belongs to Greenville's first couple.

The McLendons publicly 'thanked' friends and citizens for their support.

"I want y'all to know I was surrounded by angels," said Mrs. McLendon.

"It was a chance for me to go and be by myself," said McLendon.

Once Janice McLendon pulled through, the mayor made a joke about wanting the bench. The head of Baptist South made it happen after the mayor gave a speech during the hospital's 50th anniversary.

"We just thought it was a great gesture. He shared his wife's story and it meant a lot to us," said CEO Russell Tyner.

What is no laughing matter is the miracle that took place. The McLendons are certain of it.

"You just don't realize how many people love you," said Mrs. McLendon.

Although not the most comfortable seat around it does provide the family great comfort considering what took place; a loved one back from the brink of death.

"It may be a metal bench to you but it means something to me," said Mayor McLendon.

The mayor plans to place it near the pond at his family home.

Once installed Dexter McLendon intends to spend a lot of time reflecting and praying, just like he did for 10 days in July.

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