DEER LODGE - The Stucky family of Avon is one of three Montana ranch families featured in the "Last American Cowboy" television series on the Animal Planet network. The program airs Mondays at 6 p.m.

The final scene on Monday's show ended with the horrific head-on collision in which Cal Stucky was critically injured. The near-fatal crash occurred last summer as Stucky drove a ranch truck to Deer Lodge to pick up parts for the hay crew. The driver of an oncoming vehicle veered into his lane.

Stucky was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he underwent numerous surgeries to repair internal injuries, a broken back, crushed pelvis and extensive facial injuries.

It has been a long, but steady road to recovery, say family members.

His wife, Renee, has been at his side since the accident. They are at home on the ranch where Cal continues to make slow, but steady progress through daily physical, occupational and speech therapy, she said this week.

Along with the Stucky ranch, the Galt and Hughes ranches are being profiled in the TV series. Each is a different size and type of operation. Filming began during early 2009, in calving season, and continued until the calves were shipped last fall.

Pat Hansen may be reached via e-mail at phansen@blackfoot.net

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