MILLERVILLE, Minn. — A young boy from Douglas County is fighting for his life this holiday season after a farming accident that claimed the lives of his dad and uncle.
A spotlight shined bright Monday night, Dec. 23, on a memorial outside the Millerville Fire Department for Steve and Curt Boesl, who both volunteered there for decades.
Meanwhile, hundreds filled the pews at the church just down the block to send prayers hundreds of miles away to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis, where Curt's 11-year-old son Alex Boesl was surrounded by family as doctors worked to help the boy pull through.
While hoping for a Christmas miracle, the community also prayed for the Boesl family, as Alex's dad, Curt, and uncle, Steve, both died in the accident. The brothers and dairy farmers each leave behind a wife and five children and are being remembered for more than 40 years of service to the local fire department.
Steve had just retired, but that didn't stop him from entering a silo on the family farm Saturday morning after learning Curt and Alex were overcome by fumes and had passed out.
"Everybody in this community knows silo gas is a bad deal and it usually doesn't end well," said Millerville Fire Department Capt. Troy Becker.
Counselors were brought in Monday to help members of the fire department. Twenty of 28 volunteers responded to the call on Saturday.
"This hits so close to home, you can't bottle this down," said Millerville Fire Chief Rodney Roers. "There was a lot of crying and weeping when we got back to the hall."
A CaringBridge site has been set up for Alex Boesl where people can follow his recovery.