City employee who drowned after falling into sewer pipe in Hooper identified

Update: Hooper City Mayor Greeb released the following statement on the drowning:

“On Saturday September 15th Dennis Steele, the Hooper City Sewer Director responded to a routine sewer service call. While diagnosing and correcting the problem Dennis fell into a shallow valve pit containing ground water. The co-worker that was with him was unable to rescue him. Emergency responders pronounced Dennis deceased upon their arrival. We are a tight knit community and are deeply saddened by the passing of Dennis, at this time we wish to extend the deepest sympathy to Dennis’s family and friends.”

The previous story continues below: 

HOOPER, Utah — A Hooper City employee was killed Saturday after drowning in a sewage pipe that was being worked on.

According to a press release made by Sgt. Cortney Ryan with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office, at around 3:43 p.m., sheriff’s officials and medical personnel were dispatched to the report of a drowning in Hooper City.

A Hooper City employee was working on part of the sewer system, when he fell head-first into a pipe, Ryan said.

A fellow employee was unable to remove the man from the pipe, and called 911 for assistance.

“Upon arrival at the scene the employee was found to be deceased,” Ryan said. “The situation is still under investigation and the name of the employee is not being released at this time, pending notification of family.”