The Strathmore High Alumni Association is so sad to report the passing of Jim Heuer, one of our own, who was killed in a farming accident on July 18, 2014 at the College of Sequoias Farm where he worked.
The family has set up a scholarship fund for his 7-year-old son, Ethan James Heuer, through the COS Foundation. Those who wish to donate money, may do so by making checks payable to:
Ethan James Heuer Scholarship Fund
c/o COS Foundation
915 S. Mooney Blvd,
Visalia, CA 93277
Donations can also be accepted online at COS.edu/Foundation.
A Remembrance Ceremony is planned for Monday, July 28th, 2014 at the International Agri-Center in Tulare. All friends, family and co-workers are invited to join in celebrating Jim's life.
Sunday, July 27th, 2014
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Miller's Tulare Funeral Home
151 North H St,
Tulare, CA 93274
Monday, July 28th, 2014
Potluck Luncheon begins at 12:00 noon.
Remembrance Ceremony begins at 2:00 PM
Heritage Complex Banquet Hall
4500 S Laspina Street,
Tulare, CA 93274
Luis Hernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org 6:19 p.m. PDT July 18, 2014
A College of the Sequoias employee suffered fatal injuries Friday morning in what school officials are calling a farming accident.
James Heuer, 37, of Tulare, was found in a corn field south of Bardsley and west of the Tulare campus. School officials at the scene said a farmer walked up to a spray rig and found Heuer and reported the incident. No information was available on how long Heuer had been in the field or how the accident happened.
According to the Tulare County Fire Department, Heuer was found under the spray rig, likely having been run over.
Tulare police and fire, the county fire department and sheriff's deputies responded to the call. COS district police also responded, school officials said.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy," COS Superintendent and President Stan Carrizosa said. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family."
According to the school, Heuer worked as a COS farm specialist for three years, assisting with crops and farm maintenance. He was also a former COS student. The school farms more than 300 acres as an additional revenue source, officials said.
The corn field where Heuer died is one of two west of the main campus. The incident occurred about 250 yards south of Bardsley.
The Tulare County Sheriff's Department is investigating the cause of the fatal accident with the full cooperation of college officials and police, COS Public Information and Marketing Coordinator Kevin McCusker said.
Tulare Fire Department Battalion Chief Jonathon Kutka said responding personnel worked for about 30 minutes to extricate Heuer's body.
"The patient was injured [by the spray rig] and unfortunately it took his life," he said. "Any time you're working near [farm] equipment, have good communication, know your surroundings and use extra caution," he said.