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Redwood Falls man pinned under fallen tree for over four days

A Redwood Falls man was pinned under a fallen tree for over four days this week.

On Monday, Aug. 31, the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting a tree had fallen on a person.

Responders discovered that Jonathan Ceplecha, age 59, had been cutting down trees when a one fell on him, pinning both legs under the tree.  Ceplecha had been trapped under the tree since Thursday, Aug. 27 — that is, for over 100 hours.

For nearly two hours, the Redwood Falls Fire Department worked to extricate Ceplecha, and he was airlifted from the scene.

Assisting the Redwood Falls Fire Department at the scene were Centra Care Ambulance, LifeLink Air Care, and the Redwood County Sheriff’s Office.


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