Juniata fire chief credits fellow fire-fighters, neighbors for help in grain bin rescue

Rescue crews free a man from a grain bin Tuesday evening near Juniata.
Rescue crews free a man from a grain bin Tuesday evening near Juniata.(KSNB)
Published: Jun. 11, 2019 at 5:35 PM CDT
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More details emerged Wednesday about a dramatic grain bin rescue which saved an Adams County farmer.

Fire-fighters from Juniata, Kenesaw and Hastings were able to pull the man out of the grain bin Tuesday afternoon and he emerged alive and talking to his family and rescue workers.

The call went out at 5:10 PM Tuesday for a man trapped in a grain bin at 1915 North Prosser Avenue, about two miles west of Juniata. Juniata Volunteer Fire Chief Ed Consbruck told Local4 that corn which had stuck to the inside wall of the bin gave way and trapped Gaylon Hermann while he was trying to clear an auger. Consbruck said when rescue workers arrived on the scene they lowered a ropes and grain cones from the top of the bin to protect Hermann. They used a grain vacuum to clear grain away from around the man They also gave him oxygen throughout in order to help him breathe.

Consbruck also said emergency workers cut a hole into the side of the bin to drain the corn. He credited neighbors with scooping the corn away from the bin so they could eventually remove Hermann.

Herman, who was alert and talking at the time he was rescued, was taken by ambulance to Mary Lanning Hospital in Hastings where at last check he was listed in stable condition.

Consbruck credited the Kenesaw Volunteer Fire Department with providing the equipment which protected Hermann from the grain inside the bin.

Consbruck said the grain bin was about half-full at the time of the rescue.

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