A man who served on the staff of the Pennyroyal Center for over three decades, including a stint as Executive Director, was killed this afternoon in a farming accident in northeastern Christian County.
Christian County Sheriff Livy Leavell says 72-year old Tom Westerfield of Greenville Road was killed on a farm near the 9000 block of Greenville Road when he was thrown from an older-style tractor while bush-hogging. Sheriff Leavell says Westerfield apparently hit a small drainage ditch on the tractor that doesn’t have a cab, knocking him to the ground.
The tractor and disengaged bush hog ran over Westerfield, though he was still able to call 911 on his cell phone to say he had been injured. Dispatchers “pinged” his cell phone to pinpoint his location, but Sheriff Leavell says Westerfield was already dead when first responders arrived.
Westerfield served as Executive Director of the Pennyroyal Center from 1995 until 2002, but also spent time as Director for Administrative Services and Associate Executive Director. Westerfield was credited for significant progress made during his tenure, including establishing the 24 hour “RESPOND” center.
He also stayed busy following his retirement ten years ago, known to be active as a volunteer for a number of charities and at First Baptist Church where he was a member.
He is survived by six sons—State Senate candidate Whitney, Wesley, Charlie, Ben, Chris and Matthew and his wife Gina.