The Rusk County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center received a 911 call requesting emergency medical services at 12:21 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, at Tractor Central in Sheldon.
The caller said a person was pinned underneath a front-end loader on a tractor.
The victim was David Nelson, 52, of Conrath. He leaves behind his wife of 21 years, Laura Dutter-Nelson, and children, Jon, a senior, and Emmalee, a freshman, at Flambeau High School.
“David was our everything. I pray in the Lord Jesus Christ,” Laura said on Facebook. “He was our rock and and always there to lend a hand to anyone in need. Please say a prayer for us tonight.”
Nelson graduated from Flambeau School. He moved back to work at Dairyland Implement of Sheldon in 1993.
He enjoyed farming. David was member of the Rusk County Fair Board and Trails End Committee. He was a proud supporter of 4-H. David was known for his big heart and smile.
Rusk County Ambulance, Rusk County First Responders, Sheldon Fire Department and Rusk County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the business. Prior to first responders arriving, Tractor Central employees had removed Nelson from under a frontend loader attached to a farm tractor. He was transported to the Sheldon Air Ambulance loading zone, where they were met by Life Link III.
Nelson died from his injuries prior to being transported by Life Link III.
The incident is currently being investigated by the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Rusk County Medical Examiner’s Office and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
OSHA said the matter is an active investigation, and declined comment.
Services were scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 20, at Sheldon Church of Christ.