Kan. firefighter electrocuted at scene of vehicle crash identified

Morton County Firefighter Joshua Schwindt was searching for victims of a rollover crash when he made contact with a damaged power line

Duty Death: Joshua Schwindt - [Elkhart, Kansas]

End of Service: 08/15/2021


UPDATE: Aug. 18, 9:07 a.m. PT

ROLLA, Kan. — A Kansas firefighter died Sunday after he was shocked by a power line at the scene of a vehicle crash near Rolla.

KAKE News reported that Morton County deputies and emergency crews responded to the scene of a rollover crash near Rolla, and a deputy and firefighter arrived on the scene minutes later. Morton County Fire Department Firefighter Joshua Schwindt was searching for the victims of the crash when he made contact with a damaged power line. 

Firefighter Joshua Schwindt was searching for the victims of the crash when he made contact with a damaged power line.
Firefighter Joshua Schwindt was searching for the victims of the crash when he made contact with a damaged power line.

Other responders began CPR, and Schwindt was rushed to the Morton County Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Schwindt was also a member of the Rolla (Kansas) Volunteer Fire Department.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help Schwindt's family. The page reads: "Josh was a son, brother, husband, father, papa, and friend. The community has suffered a great loss in the passing of Josh and he will be greatly missed by many."

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