October 22, 2014

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Korean War vet from Ohio dies replacing flag on Memorial Day

RICHVILLE — A coroner’s investigator in Ohio says a Korean War veteran died on Memorial Day while trying to replace a weathered American flag on his 20-foot TV tower.

Rick Walters with the Stark County Coroner’s office said an autopsy has found that 83-year-old James Catron died of natural causes on Monday outside his home in Richville. The (Canton) Repository reported Catron had a history of heart trouble.

A neighbor saw Catron slumped over atop the tower and called 911. Walters said the man may have died about an hour earlier and was safely belted to the tower. Catron was brought down by fire department paramedics.

Perry Township Fire Chief Larry Sedlock told The Repository firefighters with a ladder truck returned later on Memorial Day to replace the flag.