Ham killed in tower collapse at Field Day
- I found this news article on Larry Prelog's death on Field Day.
2 tower legs bent, caused collapse that killed Prelog
By DAVID WARFIELD - H-P Staff Writer
Published: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 1:09 PM EDT
WATERVLIET - When Larry Prelog suffered a fatal fall from a radio tower
at a ham radio demonstration in Watervliet, he was doing the routine task of
installing an antenna.
It was something the 57-year-old Niles man had done time and time again as a
of radio equipment and radio towers, said Matt Severin, spokesman for the
Blossomland Amateur Radio Association (BARA).
Severin said Prelog was at the top of the radio tower, attached by a safety
belt, when it fell down sideways,
crashing him to the ground.
"The tower failed at the base," Severin said.
Two of three metals legs at the base bent and buckled, causing the tower to
lurch sideways and collapse.
The tower was anchored into the ground at the base and stabilized by guy
and it not known what caused the metal braces to give way, Severin said.
A police report Sunday said the tower was 60 feet tall. Severin said Monday
that the tower was actually 30 feet,
but that Prelog was as the top when it toppled over.
Climbing the tower is a common way to install an antennae on a tower of that
and Prelog was following proper safety measures, Severin said.
Prelog died Sunday morning at Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo from injuries
suffered in the fall.
Kalamazoo County's medical examiner did not return calls Monday seeking a
report on the specific cause of death.
The accident happened at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at a farm at 8530 North Branch
Road in Watervliet Township,
where Prelog was among other BARA members participating in the radio
Witnesses said Prelog was alert between the time of the accident and when
He was taken by ambulance to Community Hospital in Watervliet, then
transferred to Borgess.
Prelog is survived by his wife, Tammy Prelog, two sons, two daughters and
A memorial service is scheduled for noon Wednesday at Pioneer Memorial
Church on the campus of Andrews University. The funeral service will follow
at 1 p.m.