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Firefighter falls, dies in Minn. rope rescue training accident

Firefighter Chip Imker, 35, joined the fire department last year

The Associated Press via The St. Paul Pioneer Press

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. — A Cambridge firefighter has died in a training accident.

City Administrator Lynda Woulfe said Chip Imker, 35, was fatally injured in a fall about 9:30 p.m. Monday while training in rope rescue techniques. She said he fell about six to eight feet onto a concrete surface at the fire hall.

Minnesota OSHA is investigating. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Imker joined the fire department last year. He was also a member of the Army National Guard and a volunteer wrestling coach for the Cambridge-Isanti schools.

A Chip Imker Firefighter Memorial Fund has been established in his memory. Donations can be sent to Minnco Credit Union, 235 First Ave. W., Cambridge, MN 55008.

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