Billy Nickrand breaks Salvation Army bell ringing record over the weekend in LaPorte. (WSBT photo // Matt Rudkin)
(December 3, 2012)
LAPORTE – Toward the end of a sleepless record-breaking 60 hours, Billy Nickrand didn't know where he was at or what he was doing.
He even suffered chest pains from his body's response to extreme fatique, and the big toes on his feet were still numb two days later.
The 28-year-old Nickrand is glad he spent two-and-a-half days on his feet ringing a bell for the Salvation Army kettle drive in La Porte but has no plans to do it a second time.
''I don't think there's enough money in the world to get me to do this again,'' said Nickrand.
Nickrand started at noon Thursday at Kroger, but at 4 p.m. Saturday, he broke down in tears on the brink of throwing in the towel.
A friend and even strangers rallied behind Nickrand offering words of
encouragement to help keep him going until he surpassed the 60-hour mark set last year by 5 minutes.
Nickrand said he was so out of it toward the end, he doesn't remember breaking the record or being driven home and escorted to bed.
''I was there. I was ringing the bell, but I just wasn't there,'' said Nickrand.
He was in such a haze during the final hours, he only remembers waking up
eight hours after breaking the record and stumbling into the shower to get ready for church services.
Nickrand is pastor at Door Village United Methodist Church outside La Porte.