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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  09:25:02 AM  Show Profile  Visit summerlover's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Praying for the firefighters & family of the deceased.

http://www.middletownjournal.com


Updated 9:16 AM Friday, May 7, 2010
MIDDLETOWN — Two Middletown firefighters are injured and one person is dead this morning following an accident and attempted rescue in front of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., 2500 Yankee Road, according to police fire officials.

A person apparently fell down a man hole about 8 a.m. and firefighters went in to rescue, but were injured, according to police. On firefighter was flown from the scene by medical helicopter.

A coroner’s investigator is on route to the scene, according the coroner’s office. West Chester Twp. fire rescue units have also been called to assist, according to dispatchers.

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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  09:29:24 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

They will be in my thoughts and prayers.
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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  09:38:35 AM  Show Profile  Visit Sports Mom's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

That just makes my heart sink

Lots of prayers for all involved!

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Update from the journal

Updated 9:46 AM Friday, May 7, 2010
MIDDLETOWN — A Middletown city worker is dead and two firefighters are injured this morning following an accident and attempted rescue in front of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., 2500 Yankee Road, according to police fire officials.

City employees were working at a man hole when one man fell in and died, according to Police Maj. Mark Hoffman.

Firefighters went into rescue the man and were overcome with something in the shaft. It is not clear what the substance is, according to Hoffman.

Both firefighters were flown from the scene by medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.

City Manager Judy Gilleland said she couldn’t not speak about the incident but said the city is planning to hold a press conference today, May 7, sometime between 12-2 p.m.

A coroner’s investigator is at the scene as well as fire rescue units from West Chester Twp., Fairfield and Franklin. The deceased man is still in the hole at 9 a.m,

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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  09:48:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Apparently this City worker didn't follow his confined space training procedures If they have any. He probably entered the manhole and was overcome by deadly gas. The firefighters should have taken air samples as the City worker should have. Anybody entering a confined space such as a manhole must take air samples before entering. I hope the fire fighters recover and my prayers are with them and the City workers family.

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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  10:08:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

This is horrible news. Skydiver, sounds like you know allot about industrial standards and procedures.

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Oh my how awful...

Thoughts and prayers to all concerned!

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I was an instructor at the Carpenters & Millwrights training center in Monroe for 8 years. I was an instructor in OSHA 500 Which covers Confined space. I was on a job about 10 years ago and lost a fellow worker because of entering a confined space. He was not found for 6 hours. I hope the City of Middletown will train these utility workers according to OSHA standards and strictly follow these standards. When I read this post My heart dropped . I feel so bad about this


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Updated from the journal.

MIDDLETOWN — A 32-year-old city worker is dead after being overcome by fumes this morning while checking a sewer outside of a business on Yankee Road, according to police.

Meanwhile, two firefighters who attempted to rescue the public works employee were hospitalized after the accident about 8 a.m. today, May 7, in front of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., 2500 Yankee Road, according to police.

Jabin Lakes died after falling into a manhole during an inspection , according to Police Maj. Mark Hoffman.

Firefighters went into rescue Lakes and were overcome with something in the shaft, he said. It is not clear what the substance is, according to Hoffman.

Fire Marshal Bob Hess was taken to Atrium Medical Center and Capt. Todd Wissemier was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, according to Hoffman.

The manhole is estimated to be about 20 to 30 feet deep and 20 to 22 inches wide, Hoffman said.

City Manager Judy Gilleland said she couldn’t not speak about the incident but said the city is planning to hold a news conference today between noon to 2 p.m.

A coroner’s investigator is at the scene as well as fire rescue units from West Chester Twp., Fairfield and Franklin. The deceased man is still in the hole at 9:55 a.m.

Shortly before 10 a.m., crews were performing air quality tests on the manhole, Hoffman said. He said there does not appear to be any hazard to the general public in the area. At 10:12 a.m., crews on scene were requesting a chemist from AK Steel be sent to the manhole.

Air Products officials were in a meeting regarding the incident and couldn’t be reached for comment. The Allentown, Pa.-based company provides oxygen to AK Steel’s Middletown Works.

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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  11:16:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit flyers2000's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Jabin was a good person, he ran Middletown Youth Soccer program. Prayers to him and his family!! Sorry to see you go!
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[i]Originally posted by skydiver[/i]
[br]Apparently this City worker didn't follow his confined space training procedures If they have any. He probably entered the manhole and was overcome by deadly gas. The firefighters should have taken air samples as the City worker should have. Anybody entering a confined space such as a manhole must take air samples before entering. I hope the fire fighters recover and my prayers are with them and the City workers family.



Myself having been trained with confined spaces, you are correct. There should have been air samples taken before anyone entered the hole, but according to the Middletown Journal, it says the worker did not go in the hole. Its says, "when the manhole cover was opened, Lakes was overcome by fumes and fell into the hole". Also. it says "the The firefighters who responded to the 911 call made by Lakes’ co-workers were reportedly standing outside the hole when “they experienced respiratory difficulty.”

It appears that none of them actually went down in the hole. Very tragic story. Prayers go out to everyone on scene.....
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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  12:00:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Watching the news now. He didnt enter the manhole. He opened the lid was overcome and fell straight in. He is still in the hole.

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With Air Products being in the area, I wonder if there was a C02 ( heavier than air ) leak at this plant. C02 will knock you down right now. Methane gas which is common , may be the cause also. Just removing the lid and being incapacitated instantly sounds like C02.


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[br]Apparently this City worker didn't follow his confined space training procedures If they have any. He probably entered the manhole and was overcome by deadly gas. The firefighters should have taken air samples as the City worker should have. Anybody entering a confined space such as a manhole must take air samples before entering. I hope the fire fighters recover and my prayers are with them and the City workers family.



Myself having been trained with confined spaces, you are correct. There should have been air samples taken before anyone entered the hole, but according to the Middletown Journal, it says the worker did not go in the hole. Its says, "when the manhole cover was opened, Lakes was overcome by fumes and fell into the hole". Also. it says "the The firefighters who responded to the 911 call made by Lakes’ co-workers were reportedly standing outside the hole when “they experienced respiratory difficulty.”

It appears that none of them actually went down in the hole. Very tragic story. Prayers go out to everyone on scene.....



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Doesn't sound good for the Firefighters exposed either.

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio -- A city worker is dead after being overcome by fumes in a manhole in Middletown Friday morning.

Officials say the accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. outside the Air Products facility in the 2500 block of Yankee Road.

Air Products wants to add more lines to the sanitary sewer that runs along Yankee Road.

Workers lifted a manhole cover to run a camera through it for inspection and that's when tragedy struck.

Middletown police say there was never a plan for any workers to go down into the manhole.

Instead, 32-year-old Jabin Lakes was overcome by unidentified fumes and fell into the hole.

Middletown firefighters were quickly dispatched to the scene, but two of them were injured in attempts to rescue Lakes.

Lakes was pronounced dead on the scene.

One firefighter, Captain Todd Wissemeyer, was transported to Miami Valley Hospital by medical helicopter. Dispatchers said Wissemeyer was reportedly unconscious and not breathing.

The second firefighter, Fire Marshal Bob Hess, was transported to Atrium Medical Center by an ambulance and is listed in fair condition.

Wissemeyer's condition has not been released. He has served as a firefighter for 20 years and Hess has served for 19 years.

The area was evacuated so that no one else was harmed by the fumes.

A helicopter has brought in equipment that can detect the presence of cyanide gas.

Officials are still trying to determine what the fumes are.

A press conference will be held at 2 p.m. Friday.

The incident remains under investigation.

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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  1:03:34 PM  Show Profile  Visit John Beagle's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

If this happened in NYC everyone would be calling it a possible terrorist attack with cyanide gas.

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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  1:15:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

If I lived in Middletown, I'd check my sewer line trap and make sure it,s functioning. Allot of empty houses in the city with dried up traps.

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From a list of Chemicals they list, cyanide gas isnt handled by them. Unless its a bi-product of something else or considered a specialty.

gases
> Argon
> Carbon Monoxide/Syngas
> Electronics Specialty
> Helium
> Hydrogen
> Hydrogen Energy Fuel
> Gas Solutions
> Nitrogen
> Oxygen
> Specialty

http://www.airproducts.com/ProductsMarkets/index.asp

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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  1:43:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit Sports Mom's Homepage  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

Prayers continuing for the injured Middletown firefighters, fellow firefighters and their families, to the family of the city worker and for all those helping the city of Middletown.


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How tragic...thoughts & prayer for all involved.

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Live feed;
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Jabin has been the head of the Middletown SAY soccer organization. He is going to be missed in many ways. Prayers to his wife and children.
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I saw the live feed, and they said they lowered a fire fighter down with a rope to rescue Jabin. Many times when someone is overcome in a confined space, a co-worker will panic and go in to help and then you have 2 victims. It's hard to see someone needing help in this situation but the rescue personal cannot enter the space until it's safe to do so. It is a very hard position to be in. Normally, A tripod with winch is placed directly oner the opening and attached to the workers harness as he climbs down the hole,The worker could be hoisted out in case something happens. This is AFTER Air quality check was made. Firefighters are put in this position all the time as to save a life and their bravery can become tragic . My prayers are with all

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The latest article states 4 top city officials are being tested as a precaution. I wonder why the would be so close to the scene? What a terrible tragedy that has yet to come to a close.

"City Manager Judy Gilleland, Mayor Larry Mulligan, Law Director Les Landen and Maj. Mark Hoffman were all singled out to tested at hospitals today following an accident which killed public works employee Jabin Lakes and hospitalized three firefighters, according to city officials."

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http://www.middletownjournal.com/news/crime/several-employees-tested-after-city-worker-dies-firefighters-injured-692539.html

Updated 4:03 PM Friday, May 7, 2010
MIDDLETOWN — Rescue crews have pulled the dead body of city worker out of a manhole he fell down into earlier this morning, May 7.
Middletown police Maj. Mark Hoffman said rescue workers used a rope to pull the body of 31-year-old Jabin Lakes from a manhole in front of Air Products and Chemicals Inc., 2500 Yankee Road, at about 3 p.m. No people were sent down into the manhole.
Lakes died after being overcome by fumes while checking a sewer outside of the business about 8 a.m. today, according to police.
At this point, authorities are still not sure what the substance is, but they believe it may be nitrogen based on the tests that have already been conducted, Hoffman said. The source of the fumes remains unclear and Air Products and Chemicals Inc. cannot be ruled out at this point, Hoffman said.
The company so far has denied that it is the source of the gases.
Hoffman said city crews checked this same manhole two or three weeks ago and there was no presence of nitrogen or any other dangerous gases.
Police are sealing off the manhole with cement blocks to prevent anyone else from getting inside until they can return and complete their investigation. Hoffman said firefighters and police would be clearing the scene within the hour and would be conducting no further investigations today.
Lakes’ body is being transported to the Butler County Coroner’s Office and an autopsy will be conducted Monday.
The city plans to release more information later this afternoon.
Sharon Modlin, Lakes’ aunt, and her son, Chris Daley, drove from her home in Adams County to the scene of the incident to see if his body had been removed from the manhole. Holding a Meijers soft drink cup in one hand and a tissue in the other, she wept as she described him as a man who loved his children and coached soccer.
“He was a great person. He was a great dad and a good husband,” Modlin said. “We definitely need prayers. This is just devastating.”
Two firefighters who attempted to rescue the public works employee were hospitalized after the accident. A third firefighter was also hospitalized, according to the city.
While authorities do not believe businesses and residents are at risk, they had moved the perimeter of the accident scene back as a precaution, Hoffman said earlier today.
Lakes, who had been employed as a maintenance worker by the city for less than a year, was leaning over an open manhole doing a routine inspection of a sewer line when he suddenly lost consciousness and fell to his death, according to Middletown officials.
The firefighters who responded to the 911 call made by Lakes’ co-workers were reportedly standing outside the hole when “they experienced respiratory difficulty.”
Fire Marshal Bob Hess, 47, was taken to Atrium Medical Center in Middletown and is listed in fair condition, according to hospital officials.
Capt. Todd Wissemeier, 44, was taken to Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, according to Hoffman. His condition is unknown.
Also taken to the hospital was Firefighter Thomas Allen, 46, according to the city.
Shortly before noon, crews were pushing back the perimeter of the scene as they attempted to remove Lakes’ body, according to witnesses. A medical helicopter is on standby, according to witnesses.
The manhole is estimated to be about 20 to 30 feet deep and 20 to 22 inches wide, Hoffman said.
Dick Gilgrist, area director of the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, said agents were dispatched to the scene of the accident to “lend assistance if anyone needs it.”
Gilgrist said OSHA initially heard the incident involved a private sector employee, but because Lakes, Wissemeier and Hess were all public employees they are not under the organization’s jurisdiction.
“Since we already started out heading there, we decided to just continue on our way and lend assistance if we can,” Gilgrist said.
A coroner’s investigator is at the scene as well as fire rescue units from West Chester Twp., Fairfield and Franklin.
Early this morning, crews were performing air quality tests on the manhole, Hoffman said. He said there does not appear to be any hazard to the general public in the area. Shortly thereafter, crews on scene were requesting a chemist from AK Steel be sent to the manhole.
Butler County Technical Rescue operations are monitoring the site and “as soon as it is safe, will remove Mr. Lakes’ body,” city officials said in a news release sent out at 10:45 a.m.
At 11:30 a.m. an Omniflight helicopter landed at the scene but has turned off its engines and does not appear to be loading anyone on-board.
Air Products, based in Allentown, Pa, provides oxygen, nitrogen and hydrogen to AK Steel’s Middletown Works. Art George, spokesman for the company, said they have “no reason to believe that this (incident) is related to our products.”
“Our sympathy and concern go out to the family of the city worker and injured firefighters involved in the tragic incident which took place outside our gate today in Middletown. We have offered our assistance to help with emergency responders as requested,” George said.
He added that Air Products is still operating the local plant and no problems have been reported.
Hoffman said Lakes and two other city workers were inspecting the sewer at about 8 a.m. because Air Products was interested in tapping into a main line. When the manhole cover was opened, Lakes was overcome by fumes and fell into the hole, he said.
The workers called 911 and fire crews arrived shortly thereafter, Hoffman said.

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I just have to get my feet in here. As for Skydiver's quote I worked with the Capt. who was overcome with the fumes for many years. He was also a very close friend and a member of the Hazmat team. He knew to check for air quality and every single engine in the city carries an air meter to test for Oxygen, Carbon Monoxide, and flammable levels. However a single meter cannot check for every gas known. As for Air Products they used to have an inventory of Hydrogen Cyanide for use at the engravers in the area. So I know that there may be chemicals that are not posted on their site. Also every member of the MFD has an SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus) available to them. I am sure he also had that on. What ever got to him was undetected by the meters available and most likely absorbed through the skin. I just ask that you pray for them and a recovery for the Capt. as he is on a ventilator at Miami Valley Hosp. He is also singly raising his teenage daughter and supports his mother. All of our members would risk his/her life if they thought they could save one of yours.
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I hope and pray that your friend fully recovers as all of us do. We all owe you and your fellow firefighters a great debt.



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[br]I just have to get my feet in here. As for Skydiver's quote I worked with the Capt. who was overcome with the fumes for many years. He was also a very close friend and a member of the Hazmat team. He knew to check for air quality and every single engine in the city carries an air meter to test for Oxygen, Carbon Monoxide, and flammable levels. However a single meter cannot check for every gas known. As for Air Products they used to have an inventory of Hydrogen Cyanide for use at the engravers in the area. So I know that there may be chemicals that are not posted on their site. Also every member of the MFD has an SCBA (self contained breathing apparatus) available to them. I am sure he also had that on. What ever got to him was undetected by the meters available and most likely absorbed through the skin. I just ask that you pray for them and a recovery for the Capt. as he is on a ventilator at Miami Valley Hosp. He is also singly raising his teenage daughter and supports his mother. All of our members would risk his/her life if they thought they could save one of yours.


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After speaking so quickly I now have to go back and apologize for my outburst. It seems that I may have to eat some of my words. My friend is fighting the vent. which is a positive note. However he still has a long way to go. The other two fire fighters are in the Atrium and responding well. I spoke to another fire fighter who was called in for overtime and would have been at the scene and probably in the same condition. But just before they called him he was on I275 with his wife going to physical therapy for her surgery and a young girl spun her car out in front of them so they stopped to help and he could not get there to work. God works in mysterious ways. By the way, the girl was not hurt.
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[br]If this happened in NYC everyone would be calling it a possible terrorist attack with cyanide gas.



are you for real? I mean seriously.

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Posted - 05/07/2010 :  9:27:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote Report Abuse

MFD50,

Any idea yet what the chemical or substance was? If it was in the sewer system once you can bet it will be there again. We don't need any more people injured or killed.
Has Armco jumped in and helped with the investigation? I would assume they have but there's not much out there at this time on this story. They're probably in a heap of trouble over this incident.

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This is just a horrible thing to have happen. I hope those injured recover. It reminds all of us what these men and woman face everyday to help others.

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Bretland, as far as I know nothing has been found or if it has no one is saying. It may have been just the lack of oxygen. As you know decay uses all the oxygen it can get then it becomes anaerobic creating hydrogen sulfide and other gases. So there may have been no oxygen to the point that it even enveloped the area around the manhole when opened or the gas that was there was released and absent when tested for. However, it should be in the deceased's blood stream and it may be weeks before we find out what it was. I am pretty sure my friend thought that the sewer worker had a physical problem before he fell into the hole so it never crossed his mind that it may be something from the hole that caused him to fall in. We train over and over on things like this but you never really know how someone is going to react until it happens. My friend and I were on thousands of calls together over my 30 years and his 20+. We had many close calls where one step one way or the other could have been a catastrophe. Lets face it we, as fire fighters, operate in a world where the walls are usually falling down around us trying to save a life or some one's possessions or job. We have a saying 'Risk little for a little, risk a lot for a lot'. We won't risk a life for a piece of property but we will for a life if it appears we can save someone. My friend who is highly educated in search and rescue knew the chances, tried to rescue someone he thought he could save and became a victim himself. He is fighting for his life at Miami Valley and I am praying for all I am worth for his recovery. I know our God can heal him but I do not know what God has in store for us. I will accept whatever He gives and I will give Him the Glory and Praise for what He does.
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Could and would you give us updates on the condition of the firefighters from time to time. Our prayers continue

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As of this AM one fire fighter has been released from the Atrium (he had a lower back injury from removing the fire fighter from the hole). One remains in the Atrium in good condition and may come home today. The third is still in Miami Valley on the vent. They sedated him as he was trying to pull out the tubes that are keeping him alive. There is a good neurological response from him as he tried yesterday to respond to his mother's voice. However, we don't know if there is any brain damage due to the lack of oxygen as of yet. Thank you for your prayers and keep them coming.
The story behind the main story is one of compassion. The City of Monroe sent two entire fire crews into Middletown for the entire day yesterday to give support and let co-workers of the injured off to see to their needs. Also the Deerfield Twp. Fire Dept. called Monroe to let them know they would sent crews to their stations to cover Monroe if they wanted the help. I do not know if this was accepted. I cannot express what this meant to the guys. We look upon the fire fighting community as one large family and when one gets hurt we all hurt and want to help. THANK YOU MONROE! You are a class act! You have set yourself above and beyond the call to duty. Again Thank You from the bottom of my heart. I just hope the City of Middletown administrators will remember this and respond in kind if it is ever needed here. I know that when the Miamisburg chemical incident happened they requested a crew and the then city manager refused to send one.
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Just got word that the Capt. that was in critical condition is now awake, off the ventilator, and is talking. Praise God our Lord Almighty. Thank you God for your quick and healing hand. AMEN!
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...and on earth peace, good will toward all men.

Thank God! That is wonderful news!

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NEWS RELEASE
May 8, 2010 – 1 pm
For immediate release
Contact: City Law Director Les Landen, 513-425-7993
UPDATED INFORMATION ON CITY OF MIDDLETOWN ACCIDENT
City of Middletown crews are continuing to test and retest air quality at the scene of a fatal accident
yesterday, May 7, in which City Public Works maintenance employee Jabin Lakes died and three
Middletown Firefighters were injured.
Lakes was a member of a crew doing routine sewer inspection at 2500 Oxford-State Road in Middletown
when it appeared he lost consciousness and fell into the man-hole opening. Two first-responders
experienced respiratory difficulties. Fire Captain Todd Wissemeier and Fire Fighter/Fire Marshall Bob
Hess were transported to area hospitals and continue to show improvement. Fire Fighter Tom Allen and
other employees involved in the rescue operation were treated and dismissed immediately.
A Memorial Fund for the Lakes family has been established at Chase Bank.
Ohio EPA, Hazmat teams from several districts and other fire departments helped with the emergency.
As of Saturday morning, testing was continuing. Chief Botts of the Middletown Fire Department stated
that nothing has yet been ruled out as a source or type of material. It may be several days before lab
results are available from tests taken on Friday.
An autopsy to be performed on Monday may aid in the discovery of the reason for the death of Mr
Lakes.
Middletown City Mayor Larry Mulligan, Jr said, ”We extend our heartfelt sympathy to this family in this
time of tragedy. I know our City employees are stepping forward to help the family in any way they can.
On behalf of the City Council, I ask that we, as a community, come together in support of the Jabin Lakes
family.”
According to City Manager Judy Gilleland, “We truly mourn the loss of Jabin as a member of our City
family. Our hearts go out to his family and the families of our other employees injured in the incident.
We offer all available city resources to help our employees and their families in times of tragedy. Our
concern is also for the City staff who feel the effects of this loss. We’ll be utilizing all counseling and
comfort resources available.“
Prior to Mr. Lakes’ death, the last City of Middletown fatality in the line of duty was Police Officer Henry
Brinkmeyer who died in an on-the-job auto accident on October 29, 1939.

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MFD, that's wonderful news!

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The second fire fighter should be released this afternoon from the Atrium. The one that was on the vent is now alert and they are putting him in a step-down unit today. Thank you for all your prayers.
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