1999 - Volume #23, Issue #2, Page #05[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Walkie-Talkies Saved Wisconsi Farmer's LifeA $25 set of walkie-talkies may have saved the life of Wisconsin farmer Al Moos when his clothes got caught in a silo unloader, according to a story in Country Today.
Moos had climbed up into a silo to free a stuck unloader while his wife, Phyllis, stood by the control box down below. "I heard him yell to turn it off in a voice I'd never heard before. He was just screaming, æShut it off!' I shut it off and he said, æIt's got me. I'm caught.'"
The unloader had caught his coveralls and started dragging his leg into the auger. It took 45 minutes to cut himself free with a pocketknife.
Both Moos and his wife believe the walkie-talkies saved his life. They bought them after putting up the silo 5 years ago when they discovered they couldn't hear each other by voice alone. At the time of the accident, Moos was 50 ft. off the ground.
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