GENEVA – A 47-year-old construction worker who was attempting to install a sign in the parking lot tower at Geneva Commons shopping center Feb. 3 died on the scene, according to a news release from the Geneva Fire Department.
Donald J. Tentler, of the 600 block of South Seventh Street, West Dundee, was identified as the deceased by Kane County Coroner Rob Russell after the Geneva Fire Department responded at 11:48 a.m. for a reported rescue from the central bell tower at the open-air shopping center, the release stated.
An autopsy is scheduled for Feb. 6, Russell said, after which officials will have a preliminary cause of death.
"We don't know the cause of death," Russell said. "We don't know if he suffocated or had a broken neck. We'll know more after the autopsy on Monday."
Tentler had been working in the tower and had been trapped between a crane and the tower, said Geneva Police Chief Eric Passarelli, who was on the scene with first responders.
Passarelli said the initial call was for a person trapped in the tower, and it was unknown whether the person was conscious or breathing.
The chief initially described Tentler’s condition as extremely critical and said he was one of two crew members in the tower, with a third on the ground.
Upon arrival, first responders learned that Tentler was unconscious and unresponsive. The other construction worker in the bell tower was assisted by firefighters and was able to walk down a fire department aerial ladder on his own, the release stated.
No other injuries were reported, according to the release.
The grassy area around the tower had been ringed with police tape.
A representative from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration reportedly was asked to respond.
The incident remains under investigation by the Geneva Police Department, Kane County Coroner’s Office and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Fire agencies assisting Geneva at the scene included St. Charles, West Chicago and Batavia. Fermilab firefighters filled in at Geneva’s fire station during the incident, the release stated.