By Craig Marx, Editor
Langlade County Sheriff Bill Greening commended the volunteers and support staff on Monday that came to the aid of Dyton Logalbo, a three-old year child that went missing in a cornfield on Saturday afternoon in Langlade County.
“[Their support] was incredible,” Greening told the Antigo Times. “It was amazing. I’ve seen a lot of situations like this before and it is truly amazing the amount of caring and compassion that our community provides without even the need for announcements for volunteers. The support they provided was instrumental in [Dyton’s] discovery.”
The sheriff also noted that the use of social media was a big factor in helping get the word out about the alarming situation. Through the use of Facebook and traditional police scanners, the volunteers amassed totaled 100 civilians overnight until the early morning hours of Sunday and nearly 500 some workers later on that day.
Cooperation was essential with outside law enforcement, and the surrounding communities did their part in helping rescue Logalbo. In addition to civilian volunteers, K9 units from Shawano and Eagle River arrived to help with the search.
As described by Sheriff Greening, Dyton’s mother was outside with her children working on a garden at 2 pm on Saturday when she looked up and saw her son entering the cornfield. After an unsuccessful search of her own, she contacted the sheriff’s department. The authorities were not notified until around 6 pm, when deputies arrived on the scene and interviewed the mother.
Town of Peck emergency personnel and the Rural Fire Control were brought to the scene along with members from the Antigo Fire Department and EMS. As social media erupted over the terrible situation, civilian volunteers began arriving on scene.
Dyton was discovered by Tom Andrashcko around 10:30 am on Sunday morning and later taken to Aspirus Langlade Hospital for medical assistance.
Though the situation was sad, the volunteers also expressed appreciation of their own – Jim Novak and Pam Becerra provided food and beverages to the volunteers as they tediously searched throughout the day.