COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — A Cottage Grove paramedic is the second person in the Twin Cities to recently die after falling from a roof while clearing ice or snow.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports 54-year-old Bill McMackins slipped off a ladder Tuesday while removing an ice dam from the roof of his home.

His son, Reid McMackins, tells the Pioneer Press his father suffered a major head injury. The newspaper says he died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

It was the second fatality from a roof fall in the Twin Cities within a week.

John Rohwer died on Christmas, a day after he fell onto his driveway while removing snow from the roof of his Shoreview home. Rohwer was chairman of the University of St. Thomas’ Health and Human Performance Department.

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Comments (2)
  1. Aussie Shield says:

    Thank you . Great Blog ,good info .

  2. ThomasD says:

    Sad – not a job for many to perform. They charge $250 an hour or better to do this work and this is why. Insurance, equipment,medical bills and the list goes on

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