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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hero Saves Farmer's Life

Southgate | by Manny Paiva  

Brian Stacey comes to the rescue again, and pulls 42 year old man from under tractor.

A Dundalk area farmer is in hospital and his neighbour is being credited with saving his life.

Barry Stacey heard the cries from Paul De Jong as he was being dragged by a tractor while working on De Jong's parents farm on Southgate Road 14 on Monday night.

De Jong -- the winner of this year's Bayshore Broadcasting and Sun Times Tommy Cooper award -- was planting grass seed and stopped the tractor to check on the planter.

But Grey County OPP say the tractor popped back into gear and trapped and dragged De Jong for close to 200 meters.

Stacey heard his cries for help and rushed over in his truck, and ran the final 200 meters to stop the tractor and then pull De Jong to safety.

Stacey says a large amount of dirt had accumulated around him and he was afraid De Jong would not have been able to hold on much longer.

Police have called Stacey a "guardian angel" because had he not responded -- De Jong would have died.

The 42 year old De Jong is in Markdale hospital with serious injuries to his legs.

Stacey says he is just glad De Jong is still alive since they are friends.

This isn't the first time Stacey has come to the rescue.

Stacey has received Lifesaving Citations for pulling a four year old boy out of a river and pulling others out of burning vehicles.

Stacey -- an equipment operator at Woodbine Racetrack -- admits these types of events seem to follow him around.

But Stacey figures certain people are made for certain purposes and his purpose is to help the fellow man.

The OPP investigation is continuing with the Ministry of Labour and Farm Safety Board.


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