OSHA Investigating Drowning; Services Held for Villa Park Man

An update on the death of a goose-control worker following what authorities believe was an attack by an aggressive swan.

A 37-year-old Villa Park man, after a jogger reported seeing him fall from his kayak. and responded to the scene. Officials believe an aggressive swan attack had a role in the incident.

Hensley worked for Knox Swan and Dog, a goose control company based in Barrington. There was a man-made swan nest in the middle of the pond.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is looking into the incident to determine, for one, whether or not Hensley was wearing a life jacket at the time, the Daily Herald reported.


A video of a WGN report about the effectiveness of using territorial swans and hard-working border collies to chase away geese is posted on Knox Swan and Dog’s website.

An eyewitness, a friend and a family member described the incident and Hensley in a report by CBS.

Hensley did not have life insurance. Donations for the family may go to Steuerle Funeral Home, 350 S. Ardmore Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181.

Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at Steuerle Funeral Home, and the funeral is at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

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