6 responses to Amish Aid English After Silo Topples
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    Comment on Amish help (September 25th, 2014 at 08:57)

    Amish help

    Thanks for sharing this story, Eric. I’m researching my next book, which will deal with this topic of Amish helping Englisch when disasters strike – for example in Bastrop, Texas and West, Texas, and Moore, Oklahoma. It’s a side of the Amish that not everyone is aware of.

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      Comment on Amish aiding non-Amish people (September 25th, 2014 at 10:48)

      Amish aiding non-Amish people

      I like these stories too. I still can’t get over the fact that one of these things came down. But, it happens. Have you seen the book about the tornadoes that hit Daviess County, IN? That was an Amish area of course. But the Amish do help English people in a lot of occasions, work in the Gulf and Staten Island being two more publicized examples. Certainly don’t mind seeing this kind of thing in the news 🙂

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    Comment on silo dangers (September 25th, 2014 at 11:10)

    silo dangers

    Before moving to West-Central Indiana, I was a fireman in a rural community in Northeast Indiana. Farming is very dangerous. We had special training just in agricultural dangers and injuries. It is very dangerous to go into a silo or grain bin, as the contents can shift. If the container is being emptied, a person in it can be pulled under the contents.

    The only time I was involved with a silo was when one was on fire. The contents had been burning for a day or so before the farmer called us. I was working in the station, coordinating responses from other departments, when the fire chief specifically called me to the farm. I was one of the skinniest firemen, and, if I can say so without bragging, one of the most level-headed. He wanted me to either drop down into the silo to deploy a spear-like device on the end of a hose to get water deep into the smoldering contents, or to man the rope while he dropped into the silo. I had never been in a silo and did not know my way around, but the fire chief had grown up on a farm, so he went in. I stood at the top of the silo holding his rescue rope and monitoring him. After we did that, we had the farmer begin to empty the silo. As he removed the contents, he used a skid-steer to spread it out on the ground. We then soaked it with water. We had the fire out in about 8 hours, which really surprised the insurance adjuster — he said it often took days after the fire department arrived.

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    Marilyn
    Comment on Amish Aid English After Silo Topples (September 25th, 2014 at 14:37)

    I think it is great the Amish help their neighbors like that either Amish or Englishers. Wish more people would do that to one another.

    I have an Amish friend of mine who told me that the Amish were the first to be in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He said the Amish were the ones that called and told Red Cross, and other government agencies how bad the city was hit. All I know is what he told me.

    Marilyn

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Amish Aid English After Silo Topples (September 25th, 2014 at 20:34)

    I used to work in a building (our former town library) which had its entrance through a (empty)silo. The silo is still there –concrete–maybe 50 years old, if not more, but the entrance was moved elsewhere (it’s now our village hall). It leaked a lot and had been repaired many times after the library was built “into & around” it. There are still many silos in the area, many on working farms, but another is in the middle of a 20+-year-old housing development. I remember when it was a farm. I’m sure the developer intended to keep the silo as “eye candy” to make the homebuyers feel they still lived on a farm. I’ve never heard of a collapse, though, and that’s quite an experience with the fire, James. I’ve heard of many people being killed within silos, so adding a fire to the mix is really terrifying!

    I’m grateful for these “good news” stories, too, Erik. It helps to know there are good things going on in the world amidst all the bad (and worse)!

    Alice Mary

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    Oldkat
    Comment on Interesting (September 26th, 2014 at 11:46)

    Interesting

    I have never heard of a silo that had toppled over. I did see a video once about a man that was trying to use a bulldozer to knock one down, which he did.

    Unfortunately, it fell right on top of his bulldozer. Amazingly, he survived.

    Good neighbor helping neighbor story here in any event.

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