Georgia cop dies after inhaling liquid nitrogen during sperm bank rescue
Sgt. Greg Meagher, 57, responded to the emergency at Xytex Corporation, a sperm bank in Augusta on Sunday afternoon. However, Meagher failed to recover after inhaling liquid nitrogen, a chemical used to freeze sperm donations.
Today, Richmond County D/S Greg Meagher died after being exposed to chemical fumes while rescuing a woman. RIP Sir. pic.twitter.com/eq4zmEqzyo— Eric Clay (@EricSClay) February 6, 2017
Three other deputies who responded to the call-out were treated and released from hospital after complaining of shortness of breath. Meagher had gone into the building to try to rescue a female employee, said Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen, as reported by the Augusta Chronicle.
BREAKING: RCSO deputy Sgt. Greg Meagher killed after answering an alarm call to Xytex Corporation and inhaling deadly chemicals— Laura Warren (@LauraWRDW) February 5, 2017
The August Fire Department and a HazMat team managed to shut off the chemical leak and found Meagher and the employee unresponsive inside the building.
Both were taken to Augusta University Hospital were Meagher was pronounced dead. No update has been provided to the press on the employee’s condition.
We send our condolences to the family, friends, & colleagues of Sgt Greg Meagher of the Richmond County (GA) SO. https://t.co/XRfufjWXKT— The IACP (@TheIACP) February 6, 2017
Meagher had served with the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for 33 years and had suffered a gunshot to the face during a drug operation in 2004, reports ODMP.
The bullet entered Meagher’s jaw and exited through the back of his neck. At the time he was airlifted to a Georgia Hospital in a critical condition, before making a full recovery and returning to duty at the sheriff’s office.