The man was identified as Leon Madey of rural Genoa, about 55
miles northwest of Chicago, a local ABC affiliate reported.
Firefighters from around northern Illinois worked for hours to
cut into the corn silo to try to rescue Madey, a volunteer
firefighter in his 70s.
"He was a great guy ... Hard worker, good farmer, good
firefighter," Genoa-Kingston Fire Department Chief Bruce
Kozlowski told reporters.
Over the past 30 years, corn has been involved in about 45
percent of grain-related entrapment incidents, according to a
2013 Purdue University study. Eight people died in such
accidents in 2012, the study found.
A spokesperson for the DeKalb County Sheriff's office was not
immediately available for comment.
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Michael Perry)
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