Kyle Cashwell may have lost an arm and a leg in a near-death farming accident, but the Sampson County native has taken away a valuable lesson that he loves to share with others in the agriculture community.
Cashwell, who suffered a severe farming accident in 2014 when his arm and leg were caught in the auger, has made it his life mission to help others learn about and prevent agriculture-related accidents.
He will share his story next Wednesday to a group of Sampson Community College (SCC) students who are currently pursuing an education and career in the agriculture industry. Additionally, the public is invited to take part in this inspirational event.
Anna Beth Rouse, an instructor of an animal science course at SCC, organized the event, inviting Cashwell to talk with students and explain the importance of farm safety.
“I thought this would be an awesome opportunity for the students to hear an inspirational story dealing with farm safety from someone right here in our county,” Rouse explained.
Rouse is the lead instructor for the ACE program at Sampson Community College, but also teaches the animal science class in the evenings. During the past semester, Rouse said the students have been learning about farm safety and watching videos of farm accidents on You Tube. That’s when she said he had the idea to bring Cashwell to the school and share his experience with the students and the public.
“This class covers an array of topics and one of the topics that we currently discussed was farm safety,” Rouse said. “The class watched a couple of videos on You Tube about farm accidents and the importance of farm safety and then it dawned on me, Kyle Cashwell.”
The presentation will be held at 5 p.m. April 26 in the SCC Activities Center. Refreshments will be served following the presentation.
Cashwell travels around sharing his story and encouraging the practice of farm safety. While working his second job as a farmer, he was a full time paramedic, Cashwell was snapping corn in the field when the snapper became jammed and he disengaged and dismounted it to solve the problem. When the equipment jumped back into gear, it entangled Cashwell’s right arm and leg.
With agriculture being the most hazardous occupation in the country, Cashwell has recognized the importance of helping young people involved in the agriculture industry understand more about the dangers.
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