City releases identity of Richmond sanitation worker who died on the job

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RICHMOND, Ind. – A Richmond Sanitation Department worker died Wednesday after falling into a wastewater tank and drowning.

According to Richmond’s Kicks96, the incident happened Wednesday evening at the Liberty Avenue plant. The employee went missing and first responders were sent to the plant, including a dive team. By 6 p.m., the operation was deemed a recovery effort.

Kicks 96’s Jeff Lane cited an employee who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The source indicated that the victim fell into the wastewater treatment tank and drowned.

Richmond City Attorney Andrew J. Sickmann confirmed the man’s death and identified the worker as Danny Caldwell. According to a news release, Caldwell was performing regular maintenance on a wastewater clarifier tank. When no one could contact him, emergency responders were called to the scene, where they found Caldwell’s body submerged in the tank.

An autopsy was being conducted in Dayton.

Sickmann said a “thorough investigation” would be conducted into the circumstances surrounding Caldwell’s death. Richmond Mayor Dave Snow released a statement about the case:

“This is a difficult and sad day for Danny’s family, friends, and co-workers. Danny was a hard worker and a friend to many. On behalf of the City of Richmond, I would like to offer the deepest of condolences to Danny’s wife, Anita, and his family. He will be missed.”