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Kendall man injured in logging accident

Posted 5 September 2013 at 12:00 am

Press release, Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess

KENDALL – A Kendall man was injured this morning during a logging operation behind his home.

Lee A. Zarpentine, 37, was operating a Ford 8N tractor, which he was using to drag logs from the wooded area behind his home in the 1500 block of West Kendall Road.

Zarpentine was pulling a large log up an incline in the dirt laneway when the butt end of the log began to dig into the earth, which caused the tractor to flip over backwards, pinning Zarpentine underneath.  He was trapped for about an hour before being discovered by a family member, who in turn called 911.

A Caterpillar diesel forklift from nearby Kludt Farms was utilized to lift the tractor off of Zarpentine. He was then transported by Kendall Fire Department ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

The incident was investigated by Deputy M.C. Mele and Lieutenant C.M. Bourke.