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Deer Grove man electrocuted while working on irrigator

DEER GROVE – A 48-year-old Deer Grove man was electrocuted around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday while working on an irrigator in a field near the intersection of Buell and Bell roads in Deer Grove, the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release this morning.

Shannon John Pierceson was pronounced dead at CGH Medical Center.

No further details were immediately released.

Pierceson, originally from Tampico, was an electrician who owned and operated Cylinders Plus-CNC Plasma Cutouts at 1777 Roscoe Road in Deer Grove, an agricultural services company that does machine work, welding, hydraulics repair, and cylinder work.

He also ran Pierceson Trucking, which has been in his family about 50 years.

Among others, he is survived by his mother, Susan Franks, and his brother, Dustin. His father, John F. “Tude” Pierceson, a Tampico farmer and previous owner of the trucking company, died Aug. 22, 2009.

According to his Facebook page, Pierceson also was engaged.

Thursday will be the eighth anniversary of the electrocution of Sterling 14-year-olds Hannah Kendall and Jade Garza.

The girls, who were best friends, died July 25, 2011, when they came into contact with an electrified irrigation system while detasseling on a farm in rural Tampico, 3 miles east of the field in which Pierceson was working.

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