TwitterACicon86x90vert facebookACicon86x90vert
TV/Radio XFINITY | WOW! | WBBM | WXRT | B96 + Dance | US99 | the Drive 97.1

YoutubeTwitterFacebookArlingtoncardinalYahoo! Google Bing Aol.ArlingtoncardinalTMZ Rotten Tomatoes ET Online Box Office MojoArlingtoncardinal Channel 9 WGN Channel 7 Chicago ABC Channel 5 Chicago NBC Channel 2 Chicago CBS Daily HeraldChicago Tribune Breaking NewsArlingtoncardinal Chicago Gas THE GUIDE

VIDEO: Firefighters, Trench Workers Save 21-Year-Old Worker in Trench Collapse Near Portland, Oregon

Tue March 04 2014 5:46 am
 Share The Cardinal -- Articles (E-Mail, Facebook, Twitter & More) 

CHICAGO BEARS RADIO -- WBBM Newsradio 780 "Traffic on the 8's"

A narrow 15-foot trench collapsed in a residential area of Cedar Hills in Southwest Portland Monday morning, trapping a utility worker for nearly four hours.

NOTE: Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue is the fire department featured by The Cardinal regarding the PulsePoint CPR App just last Saturday (See PulsePoint …).

Portland area firefighters and technical rescue teams responded about 11:00 a.m. Monday to 12715 SW Bowmont Street in Cedar Hills to a trench collapse. After 3 1/2 hours, Danny Russu, age 21, who was trapped under 600 pounds of dirt was rescued.

Danny Russu, 21, of Gresham and two other men were working a routine job in a sewer line trench. The trench was about 11 feet deep when it collapsed. Two men escaped but Russu was buried.

“First and foremost, our employee seems to be doing well for which we are extremely grateful. Next, safety takes top priority here at Apollo Drain. As such, we take every safety precaution on our excavation job sites including strict adherence to all OSHA standards. We believe this was an unfortunate freak accident possibly due to the recent overabundance of rain in our area. All indications from emergency personnel are that the quick actions of his fellow workers likely saved his life. Finally, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to all of the emergency workers that worked tirelessly to not only safely extricate him, but to keep him calm in what was surely a frightening situation.”

— Apollo Drain & Rooter Services Inc

Ryan Bird and another coworker from Apollo Drain & Rooter Services Inc rushed to claw away dirt with their bare hands until they managed to uncover Russu’s face so he could breathe. The co-workers also braced themselves against the side of the trench to keep it open and prevent further collapse.

The rescue team worked on Advanced Life Support patient care with intravenous fluids, heat, and oxygen as they worked on extricating the victim from the trench. The rescue team consisted of Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, Portland Fire Department, Metro West, Clean Water Services, and a physician.

Russu extricated out of the ground just after 2:30 p.m., and was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital where he was listed in serious condition Monday night in ICU.

View Larger Map

View Larger Map

CLEAR SKIES?  Weather Data for Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,    

IMPORTANT NOTE: All persons referred to as subjects, defendants, offenders or suspects, etc. are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Try a more powerful search in the box below ... SEARCH BOX PRODUCES RESULTS FOR The Cardinal -- ...
(POWERFUL SEARCH for The Cardinal, which can be expanded on the results page.)

Where background Wikipedia info/photos are used, original work is modified and released under CC-BY-SA.

::: Health, wellness and fitness gifts! ::: Cubs, Sox caps at :::

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS BREAKING NEWS --The Cardinal -- is a breaking news blog with Arlington Heights & Chicagoland emphasis. Early breaking reports may prove to be inaccurate after follow-up investigation, which may or may not be updated in The Cardinal -- For in-depth coverage, please also check the following links for network television, cable news networks and Chicago local media coverage ...

Daily Herald | Daily Herald -- Arlington Heights |
Today's headline videos: FOXNews Video | | Associated Press | The Cardinal
Chicago Area Newspapers
Video LOGO youtube Twitter Arlingtoncards facebook battery status Cardinal Calendar Search Batteries Plus RSS Help ...
All Headlines
crimeblog | fireblog

Comments for
COMMENTS are now available via one or more of our official Facebook pages. Comments no longer appear on the article per se. Please comment on or check the other popular Arlington Cardinal Facebook pages at ...

Anyone having information about serious crime in Arlington Heights should register on and look for the anonymous TIP411 feature, or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at 847-590-STOP (847-590-7867). Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Not a resident of Arlington Heights? Check for availability for your community. | Traffic on Twitter


Weather radar map is provided by

RSS Cardinal Weather Center

  • Current Conditions : 36F, Partly Cloudy - 2:03 PM CST Nov. 20
    Temperature: 36°F | Humidity: 56% | Pressure: 30.18in ( Falling) | Conditions: Partly Cloudy | Wind Direction: SW | Wind Speed: 8mph
  • Tuesday as of Nov. 19 6:30 PM CST
    Tuesday - Partly cloudy. A 30 percent chance of light snow showers in the morning. Highs in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph in the morning becoming west in the afternoon.
  • Tonight as of Nov. 19 6:30 PM CST
    Tonight - Mostly cloudy. A few flurries in the evening, then snow showers likely after midnight. Snow accumulation up to an inch possible near the Lake, Little or no snow accumulation elsewhere. Lows in the mid 20s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of measurable precipitation 60 percent.
  • Tuesday Night as of Nov. 19 6:30 PM CST
    Tuesday Night - Partly cloudy. Temperatures nearly steady in the upper 20s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.