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Man airlifted to hospital after falling down elevator shaft in Morris County

BUTLER, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man was airlifted to the hospital after falling down an elevator shaft in Butler Saturday night, according to police.

On March 7, at 10:55 p.m., Sgt. Robert Findura was on Main Street, when he was approached by a man telling him that he needed an ambulance because someone had fallen down an elevator shaft, police said.

Sgt. Findura, Ptl. Kyle Fontanazza, Ptl. Scott Sinopoli and Det Schmiedhauser responded to 10 Park Place near unit 4A, where the elevator shaft was located. Upon the officers arrival, they observed the victim, Jeffrey Fogerty, 59, of Kinnelon, about fourteen feet down the dark elevator shaft and bleeding from his head, police said.

The Butler Fire Department was requested to assist with the extrication of Fogerty. He was then airlifted to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Paterson, police said.

An investigation determined that a man had gotten his hand stuck in the door to the elevator shaft. Fogerty opened the door to help him and when he stepped back, he fell down the elevator shaft, police said.

As of Monday afternoon, Fogerty was listed in critical but stable condition, police said.

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