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UPDATE: Boy dies after grain wagon accident

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DYERSVILLE (KWWL) -- A10-year-old Dubuque County boy has died after being trapped in a grain wagon Monday afternoon.

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says John Kramer was trapped inside a wagon on the family farm at 15937 Pape Road just before 7 p.m. Monday. Officials say family members were able to free the rural Dyersville boy from the wagon.

He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Dubuque by ambulance and then flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Kramer died from his injuries on Tuesday. 

The accident is under investigation by the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office.

The family sent out the following written statement on Wednesday evening:

We lost our son yesterday. He died from injuries he suffered in an accident on our family farm. This is a time of deep sorrow for our family, but we want to take a few moments to thank all those who have stood by us as we faced this terrible tragedy.

We thank the members of the New Vienna-Luxemburg First Responders and Fire Department, the Dyersville Fire Department and the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department for their efforts to rescue John. We also thank Bi-County Ambulance Service and the staff in the Emergency Room at Mercy-St. Mary's in Dyersville for providing emergency care to John. We thank the crew of AirCare who transported John to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. We must also thank all of the carting and loving nurses and doctors at University of Iowa Children's Hospital who cared not only for John but for our entire family.

We are also deeply grateful for all of the thoughts and prayers expressed to us by our families, friends, neighbors and people we have not even met. Your support and sympathy means more than words can express. We are also extremely thankful to all those who have brought us food and pitched in to help our family with daily chores and the harvest. It would be impossible to ever repay your generosity.

John was a very loving and giving boy who cared for everyone, especially his classmates and many friends. We made the difficult decision to donate his organs so that other children can live on through him. Anyone who knew him would say that was the perfect choice. We encourage everyone to consider organ and tissue donation as a means to honor their lost loved ones by helping others.

Arrangements for John's funeral are still pending. We will have more opportunities to share our memories of John and to thank many of you in person. For now, we ask that everyone respect our privacy as we begin making those arrangements. Thank you again, and God Bless.

Neil and Ellen Kramer

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