Tragic news from Fayette County (near the City of Washington Courthouse between Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio) at the Concord-Greene Township Fire Department where an incident occurred outside their firehouse in the Village of Staunton.
Initial reports are that at 1105 hours today, the Fayette County 9-1-1 received a call of an overturned mechanical lift with injuries. Members arriving on the scene identified the victims in the overturned lift as Concord-Green Fire Chief Ralph Stegbauer and Fire Captain Jeffery Skaggs. Both died in the Line of Duty and were pronounced at the scene by the Fayette County Coroner,
The initial investigation revealed that Chief Stegbauer and Captain Skaggs were utilizing the lift to make repairs to the radio tower outside the firehouse when the lift tipped over, ejecting both of them from the tower basket from several feet in the air.
The responding/arriving members were the Concord-Greene Firefighters of Chief Stegbauer and Captain Skaggs. They were assisted at the scene by members of the Washington (CH) Fire Department, Fayette County EMS, and Fayette County EMA.
The Concord-Green Fire Department has been taken out of service and counseling units along with Ohio LAST Team members are on the scene. Our condolences to all those affected, especially the Stegbauer and Skaggs families as well as the members of the Concord Green and responding units. Rest In Peace.