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JACKSON COUNTY (KWWL) - It was just about a year ago that members of LaMotte Fire and Rescue were trained on how to perform grain bin rescues.

Monday, they put that training to the test.

They, along with fire departments from Maquoketa, Bellevue and Andrew, helped pull a man out of a grain bin after he had become trapped Monday afternoon.

"It was just one of those freak things," the man who was rescued from the grain bin said. He declined to give his name, but said he's doing fine physically.

As for what exactly happened:

"In this case, we believe he was in there when they were auguring corn, so there was corn coming out the bottom -- he kinda just got sucked down in the flow of the corn," said Nick Ludwig, assistant fire chief of LaMotte Fire and Rescue. "Once you're in above your knees, you're kinda stuck. The weight of the corn holds you in place, and you just physically can't move."

But thanks to some fairly recent training, they were able to pull the man from the bin about an hour and a half after they first received the call.

"It (the training) allowed us to help a man out, that's for sure," said John Koos, captain of the LaMotte Fire and Rescue. "Without the training, it's hard to say how it would've turned out."

"Luckily his head was still above the corn at all times," Ludwig added. "That's your biggest fear -- that the person is completely submerged. But it was very much a situation where a man could've passed away."
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