Created on Friday, 07 September 2012 Written by RYAN HORNS, Marysville Journal-Tribune
A tragic accident with a 2,200-pound bull reportedly claimed the life of a Richwood man at the Select Sires agricultural breeding facility in Plain City Thursday.
According to the Union County Sheriff’s Office, William “Logan” Krebehenne, 24, was pronounced dead at Dublin Methodist Hospital at 3:09 p.m., after he was “crushed by a bull” at the Select Sires Farm, which is located at 11740 U.S. 42.
Krebehenne was reportedly an employee at the business, which specializes in the breeding and genetic advancement of bulls for the agricultural industry.
Union County Sheriff Jamie Patton said this morning that the incident remains under investigation. He said a 911 call came in from Select Sires at 2:24 p.m. and emergency crews were dispatched to the scene.
Jerome Township Fire Department officials reported this morning that its crews responded at 2:30 p.m. to the report of a 24-year-old male who received “traumatic injuries.”
Krebehenne was a graduate of North Union High School in Richwood, where he played baseball. He was a graduate of Columbus State Community College. He and his girlfriend were reportedly expecting a child.
Patton said Krebehenne was the only victim from the incident.
“The details of the investigation are still being gathered at this time,” Patton said. “We know that he was crushed by a bull. Another co-worker was able to get the bull relocated and provide assistance to the victim.”
Patton said he was unsure what Krebehenne’s job title was at Select Sires.
“He and a co-worker were cleaning pens,” he said.
Dave Thorbahn, president and CEO of Select Sires, issued a statement this morning on Krebehenne’s death.
“The Select Sires family expresses deepest condolences to Logan Krebehenne's family as they mourn the loss of their son and brother. Logan was passionate about his job, excelled at it, and was a friend to all who knew him. His smile, enthusiastic spirit, strong work ethic will be deeply missed by his Select Sires family. Grief counselors will be on site today to help our employees cope with this loss,” he wrote in an e-mail.
Details on how much the bull which killed Krebehenne weighs, how the incident occurred, or any previous incidents at the facility involving injury or death were unavailable before press time.
Adult bulls typically weigh anywhere from 1,000 up to 3,000 pounds, according to Internet sources, and have been known to kill humans in the past, when agitated. In April this year, a 62-year-old Ohio man was killed by a bull in the northeast town of Champion. News reports state that the bull repeatedly head-butted the man.
Select Sires is a federation of nine farmer-owned-and-controlled cooperatives. According to its website, the company provides “highly fertile semen as well as excellence in service and programs to achieve its basic objective of supplying livestock breeders with America’s best genetics at a reasonable price.”