Posted: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 4:28 PM
Memorial services for 3-year-old Isaac Decker will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1015 13th St. SW, Puyallup, Wash.
Isaac died May 26 in an accident at his family's sod farm near Rochester, Wash. Authorities said the boy either fell or jumped from a sod cutter and was run over by one of the vehicle's wheels.
According to the Associated Press, the boy's 18-year-old cousin jumped from a forklift and tried to pull the child to safety but could not save him. The cousin suffered a broken hand and arm in the rescue attempt.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene from massive head injuries.
Lt. Greg Elwin, of the Thurston County Sheriff's Office, told the AP the 3-year-old was riding on the running board of the sod-cutting tractor being driven by his 7-year-old brother. A man on a platform at the back of the tractor was stacking chunks of sod on pallets, and the teen on the forklift was moving the pallets to a delivery truck.
Elwin said it was apparently common practice at the farm for everyone in the family to help with the sod harvest.
-- Steve Brown