73-year-old man killed in grain silo accident

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A farming accident in rural DeKalb County ended in death Monday afternoon when a third generation corn farmer was found swallowed up by his own crop inside a silo on his own property.

73-year-old Leon Madey, a farmer and volunteer firefighter of 20 years, perished on his own farm six miles from the firehouse.

A call about a man trapped inside a grain bin came into Genoa-Kingston police around 12:45 this afternoon. When the farm owner’s son saw his father’s truck parked outside the silo earlier with no sign of his dad, he called for help.

Friends and family suspect Madey had been working to unclog the silo and must have gone in alone to do it.

100 firefighters from roughly two dozen different jurisdictions worked tirelessly for hours cutting into the Madey corn silo to drain the 10-12,000 bushels stored inside. After 4 p.m. rescue teams finally found him inside–no sign of trauma–but no sign of life.

Outside the Genoa-Kingston Fire Dept a flag now flies at half-staff.

Madey was good person in every way, firefighters say.

Tonight, farmers from around the area answer the call and haul away the Madey crop displaced by the tragic event as the grieving family nearby looks on. Many helping hands trying to lessen the burden for the family in their darkest hour.


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