Detroit Mayor Archer Thanks Fire Fighters and Citizens for Heroic Actions Taken During Recent Windstorm

'Records show fire fighters responding to downed wires and notifying

utility hours before fatal accident involving elementary school student'



Apr 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from City of Detroit

    DETROIT, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Dennis W. Archer is thanking fire
 fighters and citizens for their efforts in trying to save 10-year old Victor
 Carlos Cooksey after he was injured by a live power line downed during
 Thursday's windstorm.
     "Everyone in our city has been touched by the tragic loss of Victor Carlos
 Cooksey," said Mayor Archer.  "I want to thank the people who put themselves
 at great personal risk in the attempt to free him from the power lines and
 provide medical assistance.  Their actions and those demonstrated by
 responding fire and EMS units are fine examples of the kind of care and
 commitment the people of our community have for each other."
     According to a review of fire dispatch and 911 records, at 12:25 p.m. a
 police car from the 5th Precinct arrived at 5510 Eastlawn to investigate a
 report of a breaking and entering.  The police investigated the report, found
 no evidence of illegal activity and left the address at 12:35 p.m.
     At 12:45 p.m. Detroit Fire Department Engine Co. 50 responded to a call of
 a wire down in the alley at 5776 Eastlawn.  Fire fighters on the scene
 examined the wires the length of the block, and reported that Detroit Edison's
 uppermost pole wires in the area were arcing and causing a fire hazard and
 requested additional assistance.  Six minutes later at 12:51 p.m. members of
 Ladder Company 31 arrived at 5531 Eastlawn on a reported down wire.  While on
 the scene they assisted Engine 50 in cutting the downed power lines in the
 alley to eliminate the fire hazard.
     Seven minutes later at 12:58 p.m. a dispatcher from fire central notified
 Detroit Edison of the wire problems and was given confirmation notification
 number 8D011020106900.  At 1:37 p.m. fire crews reported that they had
 finished cutting the live wires, surveyed the block on foot and determined
 that no other wires were down and that no additional hazardous conditions
 existed.  The city has no records of any other calls reporting wires down in
 the 5500 Eastlawn area on the day of the accident.
     At 1:49 p.m. a 911 call reported a downed power line and electrocution.
 Engine Co. 52 and Medic 19 were dispatched to 5501 Eastlawn.  Engine 52
 arrived on the scene at 1:51 p.m., removed Victor Cooksey from the hazard and
 began CPR.  Members of EMS unit Medic 19 arrived on scene at 2:00 p.m.,
 provided advanced life support procedures and arrived at St. John Hospital at
 2:16 p.m.
     The tragic accident underscores the need for people to avoid any lines
 from utility poles they may see lying on or near the ground.  If a wire is
 connected to a pole, everyone is urged to assume that the line is live and
 call 911 immediately for assistance and a police or fire unit will be
 dispatched to secure the area and notify the appropriate utility for further
 action.
 
 

SOURCE City of Detroit
    DETROIT, April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Mayor Dennis W. Archer is thanking fire
 fighters and citizens for their efforts in trying to save 10-year old Victor
 Carlos Cooksey after he was injured by a live power line downed during
 Thursday's windstorm.
     "Everyone in our city has been touched by the tragic loss of Victor Carlos
 Cooksey," said Mayor Archer.  "I want to thank the people who put themselves
 at great personal risk in the attempt to free him from the power lines and
 provide medical assistance.  Their actions and those demonstrated by
 responding fire and EMS units are fine examples of the kind of care and
 commitment the people of our community have for each other."
     According to a review of fire dispatch and 911 records, at 12:25 p.m. a
 police car from the 5th Precinct arrived at 5510 Eastlawn to investigate a
 report of a breaking and entering.  The police investigated the report, found
 no evidence of illegal activity and left the address at 12:35 p.m.
     At 12:45 p.m. Detroit Fire Department Engine Co. 50 responded to a call of
 a wire down in the alley at 5776 Eastlawn.  Fire fighters on the scene
 examined the wires the length of the block, and reported that Detroit Edison's
 uppermost pole wires in the area were arcing and causing a fire hazard and
 requested additional assistance.  Six minutes later at 12:51 p.m. members of
 Ladder Company 31 arrived at 5531 Eastlawn on a reported down wire.  While on
 the scene they assisted Engine 50 in cutting the downed power lines in the
 alley to eliminate the fire hazard.
     Seven minutes later at 12:58 p.m. a dispatcher from fire central notified
 Detroit Edison of the wire problems and was given confirmation notification
 number 8D011020106900.  At 1:37 p.m. fire crews reported that they had
 finished cutting the live wires, surveyed the block on foot and determined
 that no other wires were down and that no additional hazardous conditions
 existed.  The city has no records of any other calls reporting wires down in
 the 5500 Eastlawn area on the day of the accident.
     At 1:49 p.m. a 911 call reported a downed power line and electrocution.
 Engine Co. 52 and Medic 19 were dispatched to 5501 Eastlawn.  Engine 52
 arrived on the scene at 1:51 p.m., removed Victor Cooksey from the hazard and
 began CPR.  Members of EMS unit Medic 19 arrived on scene at 2:00 p.m.,
 provided advanced life support procedures and arrived at St. John Hospital at
 2:16 p.m.
     The tragic accident underscores the need for people to avoid any lines
 from utility poles they may see lying on or near the ground.  If a wire is
 connected to a pole, everyone is urged to assume that the line is live and
 call 911 immediately for assistance and a police or fire unit will be
 dispatched to secure the area and notify the appropriate utility for further
 action.
 
 SOURCE  City of Detroit