Monday, May 24, 2010

Herscher, Illinois - Farmer Saved in Grain Elevator Nightmare

Farming is a dangerous livelihood. Several years ago my late wife's uncle was killed in a farming accident in Herscher, Illinois. In my many years in Kankakee County as a high school teacher, I learned to respect and admire the courage and conviction of America's farmers. Many of my colleagues, Jim Frogge, Jerry Krieg, Terry Granger and others were farm boys. I de-tasseled corn and walked beans with them. I have been inside grain elevators and respect the inherent danger of flash fire and worse - the shift of product.

Today, a farmer in Herscher, Illinois was rescued from a grain elevator accident.

May 24, 2010 (HERSCHER, Ill.) (WLS) -- A farmer who was rescued from a grain bin is going to be OK, according to Herscher fire officials.

The farmer became trapped in the bin and surrounded by grain while emptying it. Other farmers and emergency crews from the small town and other community agencies responded. They were able to pull the farmer from the bin.

Herscher officials said they have trained for the situation for many years and that training led to the man's rescue. The man remained awake and talking throughout the ordeal.

He is now being checked out at a local hospital, but is expected to be OK.

Neighboring farmers are helping clean up the grain.

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God Bless the Volunteers, and neighbors! God keep safe all who work the soil.

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