Cambridge Firefighter Dies After Fall
Cambridge Firefighter Chip Imker is dead after a fall during a training exercise on Monday night. Imker, who also worked for himself as a building contractor and was raising two sons with his partner at their Chisago County home, was a volunteer member of the Cambridge Fire Department.
The Associated Press reports that Imker, 35, was fatally injured in a fall late Monday while training in rope rescues. According to city administrator Lynda Woulfe, he fell about six to eight feet onto a concrete surface at the fire hall. (Woulfe has previously served as City Administrator in Pine City.)
Minnesota OSHA is investigating, but there is no indication it was anything but a horrible accident, Dick Imker, Chip’s father, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Imker’s roots were in Cambridge, where he graduated from high school. At one time or another, he and his two brothers all worked with their dad, who worked construction in nearby North Branch. He’d wrestled in high school and was a volunteer wrestling coach for the Cambridge-Isanti schools.
Imker also is survived by his mother, Susan Rihs, and brothers Chad and Chuck. Funeral services are pending.
A Chip Imker Firefighter Memorial Fund has been established in his memory. Donations can be sent to Minnco Credit Union, 235 1st Avenue West, Cambridge, MN 55008. The city says checks should be made payable to Kristin Hill.