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Elmwood man's death blamed on bull, exposure to cold

An Elmwood man died Thursday evening as the result of being trampled by a bull at his farm.

Dennis A. Churchill, 53, was found unresponsive and lying on the ice next to his barn at 1397 State Hwy. 72 after family members were unable to find him for several hours, according to Lieutenant Dennis Sorenson of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department.

Elmwood Ambulance personnel and an Ellsworth paramedic were called to Churchill's house at 5:04 p.m. Attempts by personnel to resuscitate him at the scene were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene by deputy Pierce County Medical Examiner John Worsing.

Sorenson said the cause of death was blunt force trauma, caused by a bull attack, in conjunction with hypothermia.

Mr. Churchill also served as the treasurer for the town of Rock Elm.

The funeral for Mr. Churchill is 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Menomonie with visitation 6-9 p.m. Monday at the church.