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Man dies from tower fall in Union

By Stephen Betts | Sep 02, 2020

Union — A Bangor man died Wednesday after apparently falling off a communication tower in Union, the Knox County Sheriff's Office reported.

At approximately 12:52 p.m. Sept. 2, the Knox County Regional Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a male fell from a HAM radio tower while working on it on Olson Farm Lane. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Union Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.

Union Rescue pronounced James Larner, 74, of Bangor deceased, prior to law enforcement's arrival.

Sgt. Arthur Smith and Deputy Juan Alcala responded to the scene. During their investigation, they did not find any foul play or anything suspicious. The deceased had a harness, carabiner clips and was believed to be  "hooked," according to a close friend that was on scene, the department reported.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was contacted and will be conducting a follow up investigation along with the Maine Medical Examiner’s office.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Carleton Ingerson | Sep 03, 2020 14:28

I grew up with Jim and we always managed a good long chat when attending hamfests. R.I.P ,y good friend.

Posted by: jessica a killeran | Sep 02, 2020 20:44

RIP Uncle Jimmy, I can't believe this man who had such a huge heart has left this world in such a way♥️

Posted by: Steven and Susan Clark | Sep 02, 2020 20:00

Heartbreaking. My love to his family in this sad time. (Lived in Bangor but grew up in Union and South Hope). He was a local boy.

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