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By BETH ZUMWALT
“I hope they never have to use it,” said J.D. Fearneyhough, who, along with Stine Seed, donated money toward two new sleeves to be used with the grain bin rescue unit they already have.
Fearneyhough was cleaning a bin last Valentine’s Day, with his brother, Al, when they noticed he was sinking into the corn.
“I was in the middle and he was on the outside,” Fearneyhough said. “He said he thought I was sinking and I started feeling it too.”
Al Fearneyhough was able to turn the auger off, but, by that time, J.D. was up to his neck.
“You can’t even imagine the pressure on your legs, your chest, your whole body,” J.D.said.
According to Fred Andrews, fire chief at Winchester, the department, along with EMS, owns a grain rescue tube.
“But it is not one size fits all,” he said. “It’s built for a smaller person.”
Still the rescuers were able to get Fearneyhough in the device and rescue him without injury.
“We got our bin rescue tube a few years ago,” Andrews said. “It was through a project Noah Sellars did. This was the first time we’ve ever used it.”
Bryan Taylor, assistant fire chief at WFD, said when the grain bin equipment arrived approximately five years ago, the EMS and WFD hosted a training session on how to use the equipment properly.
“We had several departments come in for the training,” he said.
Andrews, Taylor and Randy Dolen of Winchester EMS all said they were grateful to Stine and Fearneyhough for their donation.
Winchester has a volunteer fire department and a separate ambulance service staffed by mostly volunteer EMS personnel. They work together on rescue events and securing equipment.