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Associated Press, Published May 24 2011

Central Minnesota firefighter dies in training accident

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. — A Cambridge firefighter has died in a training accident.

City Administrator Lynda Woulfe says 35-year-old Chip Imker was fatally injured in a fall about 9:30 p.m. Monday while training in rope rescue techniques. She says he fell about six to eight feet onto a concrete surface at the fire hall.

Minnesota OSHA is investigating. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Imker joined the fire department last year. He was also a member of the Army National Guard and a volunteer wrestling coach for the Cambridge-Isanti schools.

Cambridge is located about an hour north of the Twin Cities.

A Chip Imker Firefighter Memorial Fund has been established in his memory. Donations can be sent to Minnco Credit Union, 235 1st Avenue West, Cambridge, MN 55008. The city says checks should be made payable to Kristin Hill.

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