Roger Glen McMillin, Assistant Chief

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Chief McMillin was at work at Mueller Feeds and engaged in the cleaning of a below grade molasses tank used in the manufacturing of animal feed. The tank had a few inches of molasses remaining at the bottom. A co-worker descended into the tank as Chief McMillin stood by at the tank entrance. In less than 1 minute, the co-worker became unconscious and fell face down into the molasses. Chief McMillin called for help indicating that he thought that his co-worker had suffered a heart attack. He instructed his supervisor to call 9-1-1 and said that he was going into the tank to assist. From the moment the fire department was called, Chief McMillin was considered to be on-duty. Chief McMillin descended into the tank and was overcome almost immediately. Both men were removed from the tank by arriving responders and CPR was initiated. Both men were transported to the hospital where they were pronounced dead. The cause of death for Chief McMillin was listed as asphyxiation due to exposure to hydrogen sulfide and a low oxygen atmosphere.

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Martin Volunteer Fire Department
P. O. Box 841

Martin, South Dakota 57551

Chief: Doug O'Bryan

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Roger Glen McMillin was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 44
Rank: Assistant Chief
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: September 10, 2002 08:35
Date of death: September 10, 2002
Cause of death: Caught or Trapped
Nature of death: Asphyxiation
Activity type: Search and Rescue
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Manufacturing

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