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Father speaks out after son's rescued


The hole in Weston where a 13-year-old boy got stuck Wednesday is now fixed, according to Wisconsin Public Service officials.

"When he got stuck in the mud he got scared," said Nathan Tidwell, the boy's father.

Members of the South Area Fire District pulled the 13-year-old out safely.

Tidwell says he doesn't understand how the ground became so soft.

"It seems like that ground should be solid by now," said Tidwell.

Wisconsin Public Service spokeswoman Kelly Zagrzebski says crews fixed a gas leak there in February. She says the crews refilled the site with dirt then, but the recent wet weather made the ground soggy.

"More an environmental factor in that excavation," said Zagrzebski. "The frost coming out and lots of rain over the past few weeks."

WPS crews fixed the hole and leveled the ground on Thursday afternoon.

Tidwell says he hopes the area will be safe once again.

"It definitely looks like a safeguard now that they got it roped off like that," said Tidwell.

Zagrzebski says she's unsure if the weather is affecting other excavation sites.

"As the weather gets nicer, people are out more," said Zagrzebski. "If people find things like this they just need to let us know."

Fire officials say people should be careful.

"Open hole stay away, construction project stay away," said Steve Meilahn, the South Area Fire District Deputy Chief. "It's just not worth what someone may end up paying with their life."

That is advice that Tidwell says he agrees with.

"Warn the kids to stay away from something like that," said Tidwell.

The WPS spokeswoman says a crew will return to the site later this month to add black dirt and grass seeding.

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