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Ohio firefighters killed in accident

Fire Chief Ralph Stegbauer and Firefighter Jeffery Skaggs were killed when the mechanical lift they were in fell over

By Bill Carey

STAUNTON, Ohio — Two Fayette County firefighters have died after the mechanical lift they were in overturned on Nov. 25.

The accident occurred outside the Concord-Green Township Fire Department in the Village of Staunton, WBNS reported. Fire Chief Ralph Stegbauer and Fire Captain Jeffery Skaggs were using the lift to make repairs to the radio tower.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office’s initial investigation states that the lift tipped over, ejecting both of them from the basket while several feet in the air, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office crash reconstruction team is assisting the sheriff’s office investigation.

The Concord-Green Fire Department has been taken out of service. The neighboring fire departments are covering calls for service.