Firefighter, DPW worker killed in Tarrytown manhole accident
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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#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?
#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
#3 Sep 7, 2010
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.
#4 Sep 8, 2010
My deepest Sympathy goes out to the Kelly family who I knew long ago.
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