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Southern Agcom donates lifesaving devices

Experts demonstrate the use of the Res-Q Tube, a device used to save victims from grain bin deaths.

Experts demonstrate the use of the Res-Q Tube, a device used to save victims from grain bin deaths.

With grain bin and grain silo deaths on the rise, a local business has given back to several communities in a tangible way that will save lives.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023, Southern Agcom, Inc., hosted a customer appreciation and training event that culminated with the donation of five pieces of lifesaving equipment called Res-Q Tubes. Built by Grain Systems (GSI), the grain entrapment rescue cofferdams can save a person partially engulfed in grain by placing panels of lightweight aluminum in a circle around the victim.

Originally founded in Tampa, Fla., by Early County native Harold Still Southern Agcom, Inc., has been in business 48 years. Almost five decades in, Harold’s son Hal now serves as president of the company and his grandson Ethan has come home to learn the family business.

Five years ago, their company wanted to give back to communities by donating Res-Q Tubes to local fire departments. Accepting the donation of the lifesaving equipment was not an issue. Finding the resources necessary to pay for training in its use, however, was.

Wanting to be sure first responders could have and use the tubes, Hal Still, with the help of Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance Company, saw a way to meet that need. Together, they would offer training at his facility on the northeast corner of North Main Street and the Highway 62 bypass in Blakely.

At Thursday’s event, more than 30 first responders were trained and certified in the use of the equipment gifted to them by Southern Agcom, Inc. Res-Q Tubes were donated to emergency departments in Early, Calhoun, Decatur, Miller and Washington counties. (Seminole County already had a similar device.)

“We wouldn’t have been able to bring this together had it not been for Ken Murphree, Jeff Nunnery, and the team with Georgia Farm Bureau Insurance Company” said Hal.

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