Man tries to drown himself in Burr Ridge portable toilet
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:51AM
BURR RIDGE — Fire personnel used power saws to free a man from a portable toilet in Walker Park early Aug. 15.
Burr Ridge police received a call at about 3:16 a.m. about a distraught man attempting to drown himself in a portable toilet. Police then contacted the Pleasantview Fire Protection District for help in freeing the man, who had become stuck.
“He tried to crawl through the hole,” said Deputy Police Chief Tim Vaclav.
Pleasantview Chief Kevin Doyle said it took rescuers about 45 minutes to free the man.
“When we arrived on the scene we found the gentleman stuck with one leg in and one leg out,” Doyle said. “He was definitley stuck in there.”
Fire personnel first cut the top off of the structure and then cut around the man’s leg to free him. Doyle said the extrication took about 45 minutes.
After extensive decontamination was performed at the scene, the man was taken by ambulance to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital for evaluation and treatment of minor injuries.
Vaclav said the man, described as in his 50s, probably assumed the tank was deeper than it was. In reality, the tank is only a few feet deep.