I'm surprised this didn't make the news section of this forum. Anyway, this should make for a good discussion, because it sounds like there was some serious mistakes made, and safety issues that were not addressed. Hopefully this doesn't end with any LODD notifications. I pray the two make a speedy recovery.
A Middletown, Ohio Captain was pulled out of a manhole early this morning unconscious and not breathing after attempting to rescue a city worker. According to initial reports, Captain Todd Wissemeyer, a 20-year veteran of the department was flown to Miami Valley Hospital.
At about 8:30am ET this morning, officials say that three city workers were preparing a sewer site for work, but had no plans to descend down the shaft. When one of the workers opened the manhole cover and looked inside, he was apparently overcome and fell down into the hole.
“It appears he was standing over the hole,” said Deputy Police Chief Mark Hoffman in a press conference at the site. “Whatever came out, he went in.”
Captain Wissemeyer and his partner, Fire Marshal Bob Hess, both attempted a rescue but were also overcome by the fumes. Hess was transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital and his condition is also unknown at this time. The 32-year old city worker succumbed to his injuries.
There normally would be no gasses in hole according to authorities, as it was just a sanitary sewer line. The investigation is continuing and more information will be provided as it becomes available.
Please keep these men, their families and their department in your thoughts and prayers as you continue your day.