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People Come Together To Help Injured Farmer

Last updated on Tuesday, October 11, 2011

(WASHINGTON) - 52-year-old Charlie Records, of Newberry is recuperating at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis after being seriously injured in a silo accident three weeks ago.

Local farmers volunteered their time and equipment Thursday to harvest and haul a portion of Records' 1,200 acres.

In six hours, more than 70 people pulled together using 11 combines and around 30 trucks to haul the harvest of about 700 acres in Plainville, says Mike Sprinkle, friend and fellow farmer. Another 500 acres near Newberry isn't quite ready yet and will be brought in later. Around 100,000 bushels of corn were taken to Boyd Grain in Plainville. Trucks and drivers from as far as Monroe City and Vincennes helped.

Iron Kettle owner, Letha Stoll, made 70 dinners of fried chicken, baked beans, potato wedges, slaw and cherry delight by 11 a.m. to feed the hungry crews. The meals were delivered by Bill and Connie Fuller of CPS Fertilizer in Switz City. The Fullers delivered meals to the mill and to each field.

Records was in a coma the first two weeks after his accident. He has had numerous surgeries to repair multiple fractures.

Records was at the top of a silo when the silo's concrete roof collapsed. The silo was filled with crop fodder which buried Records. Donnie Shields, of Bloomfield, and Tom Russell, of Washington, employees of Records, were present when the silo collapsed. The two men dialed 911 and began to dig Records out from under the silage and concrete.

Shield suffered injuries and spent a couple of days in the hospital. Russell was not injured.

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