Daniel Briel, left, and his 14-year-old son, David Briel, center, were both killed in a collapse in a silo at their Wisconsin farm. (GoFundMe)
A father of five and his 14-year-old son were killed Saturday after the grain inside a silo at their Wisconsin dairy farm collapsed and trapped the pair, according to reports.
The Barron County Sheriff’s Department said in statement that 51-year-old Daniel Briel and 14-year-old David Briel were working inside the silo when an “internal collapse of silage” occurred, Fox News reports.
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“Late in the evening of March 24th, Dan and his boys Caleb, and David were cleaning the inside of a silo on their family farm. This was not unusual as Caleb and David love working on the farm with their Dad and never shy away from a tough job. While inside, the unthinkable happened. The silage collapsed in on them burying them.
By the grace of God, Caleb, age 15, was about to get out and call for help. Tragically, by the time rescuers made it to the rural farm and accessed Dan, he had already passed. David, who had just turned 14 years old six days prior, still had a weak pulse and was rushed to the hospital. Sadly, his injuries were too great and David passed before the ambulance could reach the life flight team.
Compounding this tragedy, Dan’s wife and David’s mom, Melissa, were in Washington visiting her oldest son, Ben at the time.”
“In the farming world these accidents do happen, but they usually don’t lead to death,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told FOX9. “This one was just a tragic accident.”
Rescuers had to use thermal imaging devices and extraction equipment to get to the pair. It took 45 minutes until the father and son were able to be pulled free, fire officials said.
“I have peace knowing that he was praying with our son,” Melissa Briel told FOX9. “I have peace knowing that he was holding onto our son.”
Melissa said she was out of town when she got the call that the silage had collapsed at the farm in Hillsdale, located 89 miles east of Minneapolis, Fox News reports.
“This time of the year silage gets caught up on the side and you have to get it off when it warms, but it just so happened to be too big of a chunk,” she said.
She’s now turned to her faith to carry her through the next steps, as the community has set up a GoFundMe page for the family to help pay for funeral expenses.
Please consider donating to help the Briel family with funeral expenses and other costs as they cope with this heartbreaking loss. A private donor is covering GoFundMe’s processing fee so 100% of your donation (up to $25,000) will go directly to Melissa.
If you are unable to help financially, please keep Melissa, Caleb, Ben, Abigail, Erika, and the entire family in your prayers. They are a family whose love for God shows in everything they do and they will need all of His strength and love during this time.
At the time of publication the GoFundMe page has raised $35,745 of the $50,000 goal in just one day.
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