Youth flown to Toledo following fall from grain silo

Aaron Krause • Jun 13, 2014 at 1:02 PM

An 11-year-old rural Monroeville boy was flown by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital Thursday after he slipped a couple rungs from the bottom of a grain silo, hit his head on concrete and broke his femur, a local fire chief said.

Huron River Joint Fire District (HRJFD) Chief Tom Beck would not release the boy's name because he's a minor, but said his father is Mark Ruggles.

"I could hear (the youth) talking to the paramedic, but it must have been serious enough that they called LifeFlight," Beck said.

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He estimated the incident happened about 4:30 p.m. Thursday on Huber Road on the Ruggles family farm. He added the youngster's father had his back to his son when he heard his son's body hit the concrete.

North Central EMS was the first department on scene. They requested personnel from HRJFD set up a landing zone for a medical helicopter. Twelve firefighters responded and helped load the boy into the helicopter.

A Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center employee said nobody by the name of Ruggles was listed as a patient as of about 6 p.m. Thursday.

No condition was available at press time.

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