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Biadasz Family Recognized as Hometown Heroes at State Capitol
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 02/14/2020

A central Wisconsin family who lost their son in a farm accident over three years ago received special recognition in Madison this week. Bob & Diane Biadasz of Amherst, and their daughters Amy Tryba, Lisa Grezenski and Megan Check, were honored with a Hometown Hero Award by the Wisconsin State Assembly on Tuesday.

The Biadasz's son, Mike, was killed in August 2016 after being overcome by toxic gas fumes released from an outdoor manure pit.

The incident prompted his family to establish the Mike Biadasz Farm Safety and Education Memorial Fund to teach others about the risks of manure pit agitation. They have also hosted safety workshops and fundraising events to support farm safety programs and assist others with the cost of purchasing gas monitors.

State Rep. Katrina Shankland welcomed the Biadasz family, saying their willingness to relive the worst day of their lives in order to prevent it from happening to any other farmer makes them Hometown Heroes.

"Because of Bob and Diane Biadasz's efforts, Mike's legacy lives on with the farmers who have been touched by their outreach and education," Shankland said. "I thank them and their family for turning a truly heartbreaking loss into a tremendous opportunity to make a difference."

The Assembly Hometown Heroes program recognizes individuals from around the state who make a difference in their communities and in the lives of those around them.

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