Later afternoon on Sunday February 11, the Holt County First Responders were dispatched to a location 19 miles north of O'Neill. Dispatchers were given reference to an unresponsive adult male.
George Holm, 58 of O'Neill, NE, was transported via ambulance to the Avera Saint Anthony's Hospital were he was declared deceased.
Following investigations, the Holt County Sheriff's Department and the Holt County Attorney determined the cause of death was a snow sledding accident. Just before Holm's snow sled impacted a tree stump at high speed, he was able to protect a child who was also on the sled at the same time. The child suffered no physical injuries.