Cambridge Firefighter Near Death After Training Accident

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — A Cambridge firefighter was critically hurt in a training accident Monday night.

City Administrator Lynda Woulfe says 35-year-old Chip Imker was injured in a fall about 9:30 p.m. Monday while training in rope rescue techniques. She says he fell about six to eight feet onto a concrete surface at the fire hall. He is currently clinging to life.

Minnesota OSHA is investigating.

Imker joined the fire department last year. Colleagues said Imker served the community in Cambridge in whatever he did – as a volunteer high school wrestling coach, in his construction business, as a member of the Army National Guard and as a volunteer firefighter.

His family is expected to donate his organs Wednesday. He leaves behind two children under the age of 10.

The Minnesota Fallen Firefighters Memorial Association is planning a tribute to Imker, and a fund has been set up for his family.

The Chip Imker Firefighter Memorial Fund has been established in his memory. Donations to the memorial fund can be sent to Minnco Credit Union at 235 1st Avenue West, Cambridge, MN 55008. Checks should be made payable to Kristin Hill.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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  1. Mike Jacobson says:

    Hate to see this happen. A man training and bettering himself, to help save others, is injured in a fall. My thoughts and prayers for Chip, his family, and co-workers.

    1. Stephanie Bendiske says:

      My nephew Chip was a good man with a wonderful heart! Thank you for your thoughts and prayers! This hit are family hard! Tell your love ones you love them and never walk away mad! Life is so precious! You never know when that life will be taken away! It hurts!

  2. me says:

    He was killed not critically injured.

  3. anonymous says:

    My sympathy and prayers go out to Chip and his family. Comparing two tragedies is insensitive, ignorant and a travesty. Having survived a tornado, I understand the insurmountable loss, and devastation. Two people died as a result of the storm. One during the storm and one during clean up operations. Many people were injured and left homeless, with everything gone. My prayers and with them as well.

    1. anonymous says:

      In comparison I was explaining both events were bad. I was not in the North tornado. I was only expressing an understanding. It was in response to a comment saying the North Tornado was nothing compared to this tragedy. That comment has been removed apparently. So take it as literally as you want.

    2. Cambridge citizen says:

      I was thinking the same thing.

  4. KELLY EMERSON says:

    CHIP WHAT A GUY!!!! YOU HAVE TOUCHED THE LIVES OF MANY IN A VARIETY OF WAYS. TO CHIP AND ENTIRE FAMILY IM SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT THIS IS WHAT HAD TO HAPPEN. YOU TRULY ARE A GREAT GUY. MANY MANY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO TO THE ENTIRE FAMILY.

  5. C says:

    Get it together, WCCO. The headline and story still say he’s injured and clinging to life, then 1 paragraph later his children are left behind and his organs are being donated. This is my friend’s stepbrother and I thought he was OK.

  6. Windy Lindy says:

    Was there a spotter at the bottom of the rope? Was the rope of adequate condition to be used? Who does the safety checks? Who made the loop that he was suspose to step into? Chip was a great guy. He is a Son his Mom and Dad should be proud to have raised!

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