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Last updated on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
(NEWBERRY) - The action of two farm employees saved the life of White River Valley School District 4 Trustee Charlie Records.
Records suffered multiple internal injuries when he fell 70 feet from the top of a cement block silo that gave way on his Cass Township farm Friday afternoon.
He was flown by LifeLine helicopter to Wishard Hospital's trauma center in Indianapolis. Records is in the intensive care unit in critical condition, according to hospital staff.
Records was on the inside of the silo, at the top, attempting to pack down silage when the top part of the silo gave way, falling to the ground, according to emergency workers.
Donnie Shields, who works for Records and was also at the top of the silo, fell about 50 feet. But after Shields fell, he was able to reach his cell phone and call 911 for help.
Another farm employee, Tom Russell was on the ground and not hurt. He helped both men until a Greene County Ambulance arrived.
Shields was treated at Green County Hospital in Linton. He was then flown by helicopter to I.U. Methodist Hospital n Indianapolis. Shields was later released.
Records, was elected to his first term as school trustee in 2010, and works extensively with Greene County 4-H programs. He operates a grain crop farm and raises cattle and sheep.
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