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Authorities investigate death of local 10-year-old boy

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Updated Dec 15, 2018 at 1:05 AM

(UPDATED at 6:17 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2018)

FITCHVILLE — Authorities say a “farming accident” caused the death of a 10-year-old boy.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 10:29 a.m. Wednesday requesting assistance for an EMS crew at a farm on Ohio 13, south of Fitchville.

When they arrived at the scene, deputies discovered Klint Shirk, 10, “had been struck by and possibly run over by a farming tractor,” Huron County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Duncan said.

“He was helping his family on the farm,” Duncan said.

Shirk and his older brother had been feeding cattle, Huron County Coroner Jeff Harwood said.

“We believe that Klint somehow got pinched by the farm machinery. He became lodged between farm machinery and a gate and was severely injured,” Harwood said, adding the boy suffered a “crushing-type injury to his pelvic area.”

The coroner said Shirk’s brother called his parents, who told them to head home. The boys were met along the way by their mother, who “recognized the severity of his injuries” and called 9-1-1, Harwood said.

An ambulance, two deputies and a LifeFlight helicopter met the family near the intersection of Omega and Greenwich-Milan Townline roads. Harwood said the first responders decided to transport the boy by ambulance to Fisher-Titus Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 12:02 p.m.

The boy “was alert when the deputies arrived,” Duncan said.

Harwood said he believed Shirk still was alive when the ambulance began heading for the hospital.

The report’s various details are still being pieced together and the investigation is on going, Harwood said.

“They’re saying right now it appears to be a farming accident,” Duncan added.

Another youngster in that Mennonite community died in a farming accident in 2016. This one happened on a family farm on U.S. 224 just outside of Greenwich.

Bethann Z. Zimmerman and her 2-year-old sister were in the bucket of a Bobcat skid steer operated by their father when the 3 1/2-year-old girl fell backward and got caught in the wheels of the vehicle. “She died of massive head injuries,” Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said in a previous interview.

“Mennonites don’t use rubber tires; they use steel wheels,” Harwood added.

Shirk’s obituary appeared Friday’s paper and noted Klint was one of eight children born to parents Gary and Joanna (nee Leid) Shirk. His parents and seven siblings survive him.

Visitation is scheduled for 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Ripley Church, 4130 South Edwards Road, Greenwich,

His funeral service is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Pleasant Dale Mennonite Church, 4471 Old State Road, Willard.

Eastman Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorial gifts for the family can be sent to the funeral home.

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(UPDATED at 2:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, 2018)

A 10-year-old Greenwich boy died as a result of what appears to be a “farming accident,” Huron County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Duncan said.

The sheriff’s office received a call to assist an EMS crew at 10:29 a.m. Wednesday. When they arrived at the scene, deputies found Klint Shirk “had been struck by and possibly run over by a farming tractor. ... He was helping his family on the farm.” Duncan said.

The boy “was alert when the deputies arrived or shortly before,” Duncan said.

Two deputies assisted EMS in getting the boy transported to Fisher-Titus Medical Center, where he died.

“They’re saying right now it appears to be a farming accident,” Duncan added.

Another youngster in that Mennonite community died in a farming accident in 2016. This one happened on a family farm on U.S. 224 just outside of Greenwich.

Bethann Z. Zimmerman and her 2-year-old sister were in the bucket of a Bobcat skid steer operated by their father when the 3 1/2-year-old girl fell backward and got caught in the wheels of the vehicle. “She died of massive head injuries,” Huron County Coroner Dr. Jeffrey Harwood said.

“Mennonites don’t use rubber tires; they use steel wheels,” Harwood added.

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(ORIGINAL post) Authorities are investigating the death of a local boy.

The obituary for Klint Alan Shirk, 10, of Greenwich, appears on Page A-5 of today’s issue. It stated he died Wednesday at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.

A representative for Huron County Coroner Jeffrey Harwood told the Reflector that the Huron County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case and that Harwood would not comment until after he receives the report from that agency.

Messages left with the Huron County Sheriff’s Office were not returned before deadline Thursday.

According to the obituary, Klint was one of eight children born to parents Gary and Joanna (nee Leid) Shirk. His parents and seven siblings survive him.

Visitation is scheduled for 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Ripley Church, 4130 South Edwards Road, Greenwich,

His funeral service is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Pleasant Dale Mennonite Church, 4471, Old State Rd, Willard.

Eastman Funeral Home is handling arrangements. Memorial gifts for the family can be sent to the funeral home.

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