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LaMoille man's body recovered from grain bin

LAMOILLE — The body of a LaMoille man was recovered from a grain bin Tuesday night in rural LaMoille.

Roger Cogdal, 73, died after falling into the bin where he had been clearing grain.

LaMoille Fire Department was called to the scene at 30857 2600 North Avenue, east of LaMoille, shortly after 8:30 p.m.

Fire chief Brent Becker said when his department was called out, it was only for a possible grain bin extraction as it was unknown at the time whether or not Cogdal was in the bin.

According to a Bureau County Sheriff's report, Cogdal had been reported missing before firefighters were called to search the grain bin, which was running on the property when the first deputy arrived on scene.

LaMoille firefighters proceeded with standard protocol used for a grain bin rescue. Becker said they cut open the bin to drain it out and started shoveling the grain until the body was extricated.

Becker said the 10,000-12,000 bushel bin had only been about a third full of grain.

Cogdal's body was recovered before midnight, which is when crews were able to clear the scene.

Three other fire departments were called to the scene, including Arlington, Cherry, Malden. Mendota and LaMoille ambulances were also called out, as well as Bureau County Sheriff's Office.

The accident is still under investigation by Bureau County Sheriff's Office and Bureau County Coroner's Office.

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