Madison, IN Suffocation Kills Diver At Clifty Plant 9 October 1954

Madison Courier newspaper, Madison, IN
Monday 11 October 1954; Front Page, Column 5

Suffocation Kills Diver At Clifty Plant

A verdict of death by suffocation was returned by Coroner Gerald Hobbs following n accident shortly before noon Saturday at the Clifty Creek plant that cost the life of Jerry Boyer REED, 32, a professional diver and riverman.

The tragedy occurred when the diver entered water in front of the screen house at the south end of the plant to pull pins that controlled sluice gates.

Lifesaving crews worked about an hour in a fruitless attempt to restore heart beat. The coroner's investigation disclosed that his air compressor equiment was faulty and failed to supply his breathing needs when he submerged.

Mr. REED, whose home was on Lexington Route one, was a native of Cincinnati. He was employed by the Greene Sand and Gravel Company, of Louisville, and was captain of the firm's towboat Martha Greene. He had considerable diving experience, and during World War II was with a naval construction battalion. He was a member of the Christian church at Walnut Hills, Cincinnati.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Madelyon D. Reed; his mother, Mrs. Frances Reed, of Cincinnati, and a sister, Mrs. Marion Barnett, of Newport, KY.

Services will be conducted tomorrow morning at 11:00 o'clock at the Lytle Mortuary, after wihich the remains will be taken to the Bamber Funeral Home, 3011 Woodburn Avenue, Cincinnati. Burial will be made Wednesday morning in Evergreen Cemetery at Ft. Thomas, KY. The remains are at the Lytle Mortuary.
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Madison Courier newspaper, Madison, IN
Tuesday 12 October 1954; Front Page, Column 2

Services Held For Jerry REED

Services for the late Jerry B. REED, a riverman and diver who lost his life in a diving accident Saturday at Clifty Creek power plant were conducted this morning at 11:00 o'clock at the Lytle Mortuary, in charge of Rev. James E. Farrell. The remains will be taken to Cincinnati for burial tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. in Evergreen Cemetery at Ft. Thomas. KY.
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Jerry Boyer REED
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