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Worker dies on bayou

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 231

The Kentwood man and another co-worker were about a quarter-mile from the Robinson Township park's parking lot when the man became tired, sat down and collapsed, said Deputy Bob Jewell of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

“He basically passed out and became unresponsive,” Jewell said.

The other man immediately called 911, then started CPR on his co-worker, Jewell said.

The man died at the park. His name was not immediately released pending notification of his death to his family, police said.

Chuck Sikkenga leaned on his cane as he watched first-responders rush to the man’s aid during the emergency.

“I walk here every morning with my dog,” he said. “I know the two guys who are working here. They’ve done all the work out here.”

Sikkenga said he was amazed at how fast the first-responders from the Robinson Township Fire Department and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene.

“If there’s anything good about it, it’s the tremendous response we get in Ottawa County,” he said.

Grand Haven Township firefighters responded with their six-wheel, all-terrain emergency vehicle, which was used to transport the man from the edge of the bayou back to the parking lot.

Work on the park, which is located off 128th Avenue near North Cedar Drive, began in 2011. The county purchased the 142-acre parcel in 2005 with the help from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The land has been open to the public since 2005.

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