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Published June 26, 2012, 07:42 PM

19-year-old Who Died of Fall From Cellphone Tower Identified

SOLWAY, Minn. – A 19-year-old man working on a cellphone tower fell and was killed Tuesday evening directly south of Solway Elementary School.

By: Forum Communications,

SOLWAY, Minn. – A 19-year-old man working on a cellphone tower fell and was killed Tuesday evening directly south of Solway Elementary School.

Beltrami County authorities identified the man as Jeremy Jo Froemke, of Lisbon, ND.

An emergency call came in to Beltrami County Sheriff’s dispatchers at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday. Emergency crews were called to a tower at 134 Loman Ave. in Lammers Township, near Solway.

According to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, Froemke, a Midwest Steeplejacks employee, fell 153 feet from the cell tower and was killed on impact.

The man who made the emergency call, also a Midwest Steeplejacks employee, called from 160 feet up the tower. Hodapp said the man was in shock and was unable to comment on what happened.

Rory Kiland, owner of Midwest Steeplejacks in Fargo, said Wednesday that the company could not comment at this time other than to offer condolences to the family.

The Sheriff's Office said Froemke was wearing a harness.

Shortly after 6 p.m., the crews called to airlift Froemke to the hospital were called off.

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