Logger Dies From Injuries
While clearing blowdown tree damage due to the 2019 storm on a parcel of woods west of Barron, 56-year old Nathan P. Hecker, Stone Lake, became trapped in equipment he was working with and died at the scene.
At 12:45 p.m. Monday, March 23 the Barron County Sheriff’s Department received a call from Hecker’s son saying his father had gotten crushed by some logging equipment. At the time he was unsure of his father’s condition and said they were in the woods just off Hwy. 8.
Deputies from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department along with Mayo Ambulance, Barron Fire Department, First Responders, Lifelink Helicopter, and Barron County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene west of Barron near the Hwy. 8 and Cty. TT intersection.
Investigation showed Hecker was repairing a piece of equipment on a log skidding machine when he became pinned between the cab and engine compartment.