By Maria Weaver



David Amaro

Tragedy struck our little town last Wednesday when a longtime employee of Bottlinger Grain was killed in a grain bin accident.

Cars and trucks of family, friends and employees lined FM932 as many tried to help and offer support.

Charlie Bottlinger, owner of the company, said his phone has “not stopped ringing” since the accident.

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department and Hamilton EMS were dispatched to the scene and worked for hours but were unable to save David Amaro, 54, who suffocated in the grain bin.

Much misinformation has been posted on social media, and Sheriff Justin Caraway posted this statement on Monday to clear up misconceptions:

“On Wednesday, Oct. 4, the HCSO, Hamilton EMS and HVFD were dispatched to a business on FM 932 regarding a male subject being submerged under grain.

“Upon arrival, HCSO sheriff’s deputies entered the grain storage silo and observed an individual’s arm protruding the surface of loose grain. An attempt to rescue the male submerged underneath the grain was unsuccessful.

“It was found the male victim was secured by a three-eighths-inch rope to an interior ladder. The rope was secured and did not break.

“Also, the grain was not flowing on top of the victim at any time.”

Amaro was pronounced deceased on scene by Hamilton County Justice of the Peace James Lively.

“The firefighters worked tirelessly to extract the victim from the silo in a safe and respectful manner,” Caraway said.

“David worked for us for 27 years,” Bottlinger said. “He was a fine man, and one of the family out here.

“He had a great family and had been around for years,” he said.

“When the accident happened, everyone worked feverishly to try to get him out.

“The first responders got there quick and did a wonderful job,” Bottlinger said. “I can’t thank them enough for how hard they tried.

“David suffocated in the grain bin,” Bottlinger said, his voice weighted with sadness. “The cause is still under investigation. It is a tragedy, and we have heavy hearts.”

The Bottlinger family has operated the grain business in Hamilton since 1952, and Charlie said nothing like this has ever happened.

“I’ve been out here 40 years,” he said. “David was careful; it was just an accident.”

Bottlinger said he has been amazed by the support of the community for the Amaro family and for his coworkers.

“I can feel it,” he said. “We have been overwhelmed with the prayers, thoughts and kind wishes.”

Amaro leaves behind his wife, Caroline, five children and two grandchildren, and was described as “a man of tender heart and generous spirit.”

Services were held on Tuesday morning.


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