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Man who died after falling from cell tower identified

SOLWAY - A 19-year-old man who died after falling from a cell phone tower here was identified late Wednesday afternoon.

Jeremy Jo Froemke of Lisbon, N.D., died Tuesday evening when he fell from the tower directly south of Solway Elementary School.

The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office said Froemke was equipped with a safety harness at the time of the accident.

An emergency call came in to Beltrami County Sheriff's dispatchers at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday. Emergency crews were called to a tower at 134 Loman Ave. in Lammers Township, near Solway.

According to Beltrami County Sheriff Phil Hodapp, Froemke worked for Midwest Steeplejacks in Fargo. Froemke fell 153 feet from the cell tower and was killed on impact.

A man who made the emergency call, also a Midwest Steeplejacks employee, called from 160 feet up the tower. Hodapp said the man was in shock Tuesday evening and was unable to comment on what happened.

Rory Kiland, owner of Midwest Steeplejacks in Fargo, said Wednesday that the company could not comment at this time other than to offer condolences to the family.