Workplace accident kills former firefighter in Berne

BERNE, NY – A man was killed last Wednesday when he became trapped under a dump truck at the Town of Berne Solid Waste Transfer Station.

ABC 10 reports that the man has been identified as Peter Becker, a former Berne Fire District Chief.

Police officers and emergency responders arrived at the scene at about 8:45 a.m. on October 21. They freed Becker from beneath the vehicle, pronounced him dead at the scene, and transported his body to Ellis Hospital for an autopsy.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple classified the death as a workplace fatality. His office’s Criminal Investigations Unit will investigate the incident alongside New York State Employee Safety and Health.

The circumstances surrounding Becker’s death remain unclear at this time.

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