Firefighter, DPW worker killed in Tar...

Firefighter, DPW worker killed in Tarrytown manhole accident

There are 4 comments on the The Patent Trader story from Sep 6, 2010, titled Firefighter, DPW worker killed in Tarrytown manhole accident. In it, The Patent Trader reports that:

A village firefighter and longtime department of public works employee for the town died this evening after the DPW worker apparently became overcome by fumes in a manhole and the firefighter went in to try to save him.

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Frank

Newburgh, NY

#1 Sep 6, 2010
nbc news tonite said residents in the area are not in any danger. i'd challenge this statement - if it's carbon monoxide or an inert gas getting into the system it could get into homes through dried sink traps or floor drain traps especially if a major part of the system is full of the fumes. does anyone have a number i could call in tarrytown?
Serina from TN

United States

#2 Sep 7, 2010
My Prayers go out to the Ruggiero & Kelly Families and all my brother fireman. "To give your life for someone else is the ultimate Sacrifice" GOD SPEED
Paul Serina formally of Tarrytown & TFD member
manhole

AOL

#3 Sep 7, 2010
Frank wrote:
nbc news tonite said residents in the area are not in any danger. i'd challenge this statement - if it's carbon monoxide or an inert gas getting into the system it could get into homes through dried sink traps or floor drain traps especially if a major part of the system is full of the fumes. does anyone have a number i could call in tarrytown?
It is a widely known danger, by anyone who works in manholes for a living, that the air in these holes can be hazardous. That's why you always see utility workers blowing air down the hole through an extremely large yellow hose and testing the air continuously. NBC is right - the danger is and always has been it building up in the confined space of a manhole - there is no danger to you. You're being paranoid - don't cross a street and you'll be doing more to ensure your safety than worrying about manhole air entering your home and doing you in.
Brenda Taddeo

Poughkeepsie, NY

#4 Sep 8, 2010
My deepest Sympathy goes out to the Kelly family who I knew long ago.

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