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Fire crews rescue man from trench

Trench rescue crews from the Spokane Valley and Spokane Fire Departments rescue a man from a partially collapsed trench. Photo courtesy the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

The Spokane Valley Fire Department got a routine call for a fall with injuries Monday at 7:20 p.m. in the 500 block of North Flora. But when they arrived they discovered a man at the bottom of a partially collapsed trench that had been dug for a water line hookup. Specially trained trench rescue teams from Spokane Valley Fire and Spokane Fire responded to shore up the trench so the man could be rescued. He was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Any trench or hole deeper than four feet has to be shored up with special equipment before firefighters can enter because of the danger that the sides could collapse. Recent rains have made the dirt less stable than usual, raising the risk.

Spokane area remembers 9/11

Spokane Valley Fire Department Capts. Pat Schaffer, right, and Tag Baugh hoist a 1,200-pound steel beam that was recovered from the World Trade Center into place at the department's new administration building Sunday. SR photo/J. Bart Rayniak

Yesterday SR photographer J. Bart Rayniak and I visited three local memorial events honoring those that died in the Sept. 11 attacks 10 years ago. The Spokane Valley Fire Department dedicated its new administration building and installed a 1,200 pound steel beam that was part of the twin towers. Nearly 260 firefighters from all over the Northwest climbed 110 flights of stairs, the same number of stairs in the Towers, in the downtown Bank of America building. They each carried the photo and biography of at least one of the New York firefighters who died that day. A memorial service held during the Spokane Interstate Fair was well attended and included firefighters and police. Click here for the story and here for a photo slideshow.

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