News Briefs: Florida Deputy Sucked Into Stormwater Pipe While Saving a Citizen

Also in this week's sewer and water news, a construction worker who died in a trench collapse in Texas has been identified

News Briefs: Florida Deputy Sucked Into Stormwater Pipe While Saving a Citizen

Escambia County (Florida) Deputy William Hollingsworth, during an early morning patrol in mid June, risked his own safety to rescue a motorist trapped in rapidly rising waters caused by torrential downpours. 

The deputy noticed a citizen in distress, who, within moments, disappeared under the surging waters. Braving the risky conditions, Hollingsworth jumped into action, unaware that he would soon disappear into the same drainage pipe running under a highway. Both men emerged shaken but unharmed on the other side of the road after a 100-foot ride through the pipe.

Construction Worker Identified After Fatal Accident at San Antonio Site

The Bexar County (Texas) Medical Examiner's Office has identified 51-year-old Shawn Jimmy Pedregon as the construction worker who tragically died in an accident recently on the West Side of San Antonio. The incident, which occurred while Pedregon was installing a manhole near Wiseman Boulevard in the Westover Hills area, was ruled as accidental.

According to a representative from the construction contracting company, Pedregon became trapped when a shoring section failed, leading to a collapse of the hole's sides. The San Antonio Fire Department confirmed that the worker fell approximately 15 feet, resulting in fatal traumatic injuries.

Southeast Idaho Utility Company Faces Penalties Over Service Failures

The Island Park Water Company, based in southeast Idaho, has incurred hefty penalties for failing to deliver safe and reliable water services to its customers. The Idaho Public Utilities Commission highlighted in a press release that the utility company, which serves over 300 customers in Fremont County, faces fines of $434,000. 

The charges stem from various violations, including wrongful billing, retaliating against complaining customers and ignoring requests from the commission for records.


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