CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - A new tool may help save the lives of farmworkers in the case of a grain bin emergency. It's thanks to a donation inspired by a tragedy in November.
You may remember, a young man named Colten Howard lost his life in a grain bin accident in Waveland, Indiana.
Colten was from Parke County.
That accident hit home with a family in Clay County so they donated a grain bin rescue auger to the Cory Volunteer Fire Department.
The family wanted to know if firefighters needed tools should something similar happen in Cory. On Thursday - the fire department received the equipment.
The fire chief told us the family doesn't want to be in the spotlight, but he's glad for the donation.
"They are a farming family and they thought enough of the community to not want to see a tragedy happen here. So they want to do all they can to prevent that," Chief Glen Neiswinger, said.
The chief says the firefighters have rescue training - now they'll make sure everyone is familiar with using the device.