DAYTON, Minn. (WCCO) — A Twin Cities teenager is in intensive care after falling nine feet at a home and hitting his head on cement.

Joe Fricke thought there was a deck on the other side of a patio door, but there wasn’t when he stepped outside last weekend. He was at a friend’s home in Dayton, on the Northwest side of the Twin Cities.

Fricke was unconscious and bleeding after falling nine feet onto the patio below. A Dayton officer tried reviving him. Fire Rescue crews helped too before a medical helicopter arrived and airlifted Fricke to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale.

Fricke graduated from Rogers High School two years ago, and Tuesday night, his friends and two sisters came back there to show their support for him. Fricke’s favorite color is red, so they painted a big rock in the front of the school that color. His two pickup trucks are red, too.

Fricke’s sisters and friends spent the day at the hospital, so this was somewhat of a break for them. His sisters say they’re encouraged by their brother’s responses when communicating.

“He’s just one of those kids that makes sure we through anything, and I’m going to make sure he gets through this,” said Fricke’s friend, Nick Thelen.

Fricke’s friends call him a fighter.

“We just want the old Joe back, and hopefully he pulls through 100 percent,” said his friend, Nick Jurrens. “He’s on our minds every minute of the day.”

Comments (13)
  1. ahab says:

    Actually, rather than focus on his BAC, I’d ask why a patio door led to a 9 foot drop. Usually such a door opens onto something you can stand on. The door should have been disabled until the deck was completed. He probably stepped out just assuming he would not fall. You don’t have to put this poor guy down by assuming he was drunk.

  2. Rachel says:

    Joe was not drunk, it was dark out and he did not know that there wasn’t a deck. Keep comments like that to yourself and don’t assume!!

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Are you able to speak to what Joe’s condition is currently? Is he still unconscious? I too suffered a TBI w/PLOC several years ago.

  3. Meg says:

    THANK YOU RACHEL! Tyler has no compasion. just looking for someone to blame apparently…

  4. JED says:

    Generally the doors are disabled or blocked until the deck is completed. The homeowner probably removed those safety devices to open the door.

  5. red says:

    It was an unfortunate accident- wishing this best for this young man

  6. Amanda says:

    My Husband survived a fall such as this , so it is possible to survive. We will pray for a full recovery and little if no lasting side-effects.

  7. @Jackaction hero says:

    Joe is still in a coma as we speak.

  8. Kat says:

    I don’t know Joe, his family, or any details about what happened. However, I am wishing him and his family the best, that Joe comes through this and is better soon.

    My family currently has someone in the ICU due to a TBI as well. I understand some of the ups and downs to come in the days ahead. I will add Joe and his family to my prayers.

  9. Dave says:

    poor boy 😦 I hope he recovers well.

  10. Meg says:

    Joe is still in an indused coma. They wont be waking him up till tuesday or wed. He has been doing really well considering. he has only had a temp and the swelling in his brain has gone up and down. but that is to be expected. you can follow him on his caringbridge website. search joefricke (no spaces) thank you for the concern

  11. chimaira1069 says:

    Blame it on the MORON who builds a $750k home without a deck. Clueless f’n idiots whoever owns this house. Save a few bucks by not building a deck like any other normal person would. Fake ass posin’ like your rich and can’t afford a deck. Homeowner is at fault for sure.

  12. Daren. says:

    I once fell off a two and half foot cement stairway outside our house when I went to sit on a lawn chair that was placed on top. Turned out that one of the legs of the chair was hanging over the edge and BLAM. Down I went. Couldn’t stop laughing for like 5 minutes.

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