2018-03-11 / News

Village DPW employee saves trapped co-worker

By Jeanne Marcello
Staff Reporter

VILLAGE OF CHESANING – The Chesaning Village Council will be honoring Department of Public Works (DPW) employee Danny Escamilla by issuing a special proclamation for rescuing co-worker Mike Filthaut on Feb. 25.

Chesaning village administrator Troy Feltman explained there was a power outage it town. Filthaut was at the North Chapman Street lift station to start a power generator. He called Escamilla to help him get the power generator turned on at the wastewater treatment plant.

Escamilla was at the wastewater treatment plant and hadn’t heard from Filthaut in a while. He became concerned. Escamilla went to the lift station and found Filthaut pinned sideways between a truck and the building. Escamilla dialed 9-1-1 and Chesaning-Brady Fire Department came to their aid.

Feltman said, “If Danny (Escamilla) hadn’t gone out there, it would’ve been much worse.” Feltman estimates Filthaut had been trapped for an hour or more.

“The best we can tell is Mike (Filthaut) got out of the vehicle but hadn’t gotten it all the way into park. It slipped out of gear and pinned him against the wastewater treatment building sideways. It was not immediately known how serious Filthaut’s physical injuries were. He was transported to the trauma center at Covenant,” Feltman said.

Since the incident, Feltman has been up to visit Filthaut at the trauma center and has been working with him and his wife to help them through.

“We want to make sure nothing like this happens again. We certainly want him to get better,” Feltman said.

During the March 6 meeting of the Chesaning Village Council, Feltman proposed the council issue a proclamation recognizing Escamilla for his efforts saving Filthaut. The council agreed.

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