Hero Down: Richmond County Sheriff's Sergeant Greg Meagher Killed By Chemical Leak

Richmond County Sheriff’s Sergeant Greg Meagher was killed Sunday afternoon, February 05, 2017, after responding to a chemical leak.

Richmond County, GA – Richmond County Sheriff’s Sergeant Greg Meagher was killed Sunday afternoon, February 05, 2017, after responding to a chemical leak.

According to WFXG, Sergeant Greg Meagher responded to the Xytex Corporation on Emmett Street for an alarm activation about 3:26 PM. He was found unconscious inside the building when Augusta firefighters arrived about 3:51 PM.

A female Xytex employee was also found unconscious in a side location of the building. Firefighters pulled Sergeant Greg Meagher and the female employee from the building. Three other Richmond County Deputies that had been inside before the firefighters arrived also reported difficulty in breathing. All were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Their conditions and their names have not yet been released, although there is an unconfirmed report that the female employee has also died.

The Augusta Fire Department’s hazmat teams shut off nitrogen tanks at the scene. Fire department officials state that there is no danger to anyone in surrounding areas. No firefighters were injured and no one else was injured.

Sergeant Shane McDaniel, Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, said that Sergeant Meagher died after inhaling “an unknown chemical substance.” The substance is believed to be nitrogen, according to WBJF.

In 2004, Sergeant Greg Meagher was working as a drug investigator and was shot in the face, with the bullet entering his jaw and exiting through his neck. He recovered from those injuries and returned to work.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of fallen hero Richmond County Sheriff’s Sergeant Greg Meagher, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, thank you for your service.

Our thoughts and prayers are also with those Richmond County Sheriff’s Deputies and the female employee.

Sergeant Greg Meagher, your life mattered.

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