COS employee found dead underneath farming equipment

An investigation is underway after the body of a College of the Sequoias employee was found underneath a piece of farming equipment.
An investigation is now underway after the body of a South Valley man was found underneath a piece of farming equipment.

James Heuer was happily married and a doting father of a 7-year-old boy. "He was a great dad. In fact, Ethan was crying because he and his daddy always built things together and he was wondering who was going to build things with him now that his daddy was gone," said family member Denise Bauman.

Heuer took care of the crops at the Tulare campus of the College of the Sequoias. Campus police went to a 911 call on Friday in the corn fields where the 37-year-old's body was found. "He was spraying the perimeter of the corn field to keep the weeds away from the corn is my understanding," said Bob Masterson with campus police.

Investigators say Heuer was found underneath the wheels of a spray rig. "We are not sure what precipitated the accident but our employee was underneath the spray rig. It took the fire department to extricate him from under the spray rig," added Masterson.

Counselors will be available to help Heuer's colleagues.

The coroner's office is now working to figure out the exact cause of Heuer's death.

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